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Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers that can cause an attack. You must also remove the triggers in your environment that can make your asthma worse.

CDC’s National Asthma Control Program helps Americans with asthma achieve better health and improved quality of life. The program funds states, school programs, and non-government organizations to help them improve surveillance of asthma, train health professionals, educate individuals with asthma and their families, and explain asthma to the public.

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Asthma Attacks Among Persons with Current Asthma — United States, 2001–2010 MMWR. 2013; (Suppl)62(03);93-98.

Paul Garbe

Helping Americans Breathe Easier
Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. School children with asthma need to know how to control their asthma. They may also need to be able to use their asthma medications at school. Watch this video to learn how one parent worked with CDC’s National Asthma Control Program and state, local, and national partners to help children gain access to their own asthma medications at school. Due to these efforts, by 2010 all 50 states had passed self–carry laws.

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