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.
Information about Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68 )
Children with asthma are at risk for severe symptoms from EV-D68.
Please see the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease website for information on what you can do to protect your children.
- Page last reviewed: December 6, 2012
- Page last updated: October 1, 2014
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