May is Asthma Awareness Month
Asthma Awareness Toolkit
Use the items in CDC’s Asthma Awareness Month Toolkit to take control of and raise awareness about asthma.
Asthma, a disease that affects the lungs, affects over 25 million people living in the United States, including 1 in 11 children. It causes 3 in 5 people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss days at school and work. Asthma is also expensive, costing the nation $56 billion each year. On World Asthma Day (Tuesday, May 6) and throughout May, people with asthma and organizations dedicated to asthma control and education join together to increase awareness about asthma and improve the lives of all people with asthma.
Asthma Awareness Toolkit
- Asthma Action Messages
- Asthma Basics
- Asthma Control Brochure
- Flu and Asthma
- How to Use Your Asthma Inhaler
- Talking with Your Doctor about Asthma
- Your Personal Asthma Action Plan
Take Control of Asthma
Asthma Action Messages
- Know the warning signs of an attack.
- Avoid things that may trigger an attack.
- Follow the advice of your healthcare provider.
- Create a personal Asthma Action Plan.
- Use your asthma medicine as prescribed.
Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. Asthma causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning.
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You Can Control You Asthma - A Guide to Understanding Asthma and its Triggers [PDF - 4 MB]
Read online or download this Guide to Understanding Asthma and its Triggers.
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People with asthma are at increased risk of severe complications from flu. Everyone with asthma who is six months old and older should get a flu vaccine to protect against flu.
You can control your asthma and avoid an attack by taking your medicine exactly as your doctor or other medical professional tells you to do and by avoiding things that can cause an attack.
Talking with Your Doctor About Asthma
- Your asthma treatment goals and how to achieve them
- Your medications – what they are for, how much to take, and when and how to use them
- How to use your inhaler and peak flow meter, if you have one
- Your asthma triggers and how to avoid them
- Warning signs of an asthma attack and what you should do if your symptoms get worse
People with asthma should have an Asthma Action Plan. The goal of asthma self-management is to achieve better health through controlling and preventing asthma attacks.
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Raise Awareness about Asthma
Data from CDC's National Asthma Control Program illustrate the impact of asthma.
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This infographic tells asthma’s story in words, numbers, and pictures.
CDC’s National Asthma Control Program plays a pivotal role in promoting asthma-friendly schools. These schools work to create safe and supportive learning environments for students with asthma.
CDC’s Learning Connection provides links to learning products and resources designed to help the public health community diagnose, manage the symptoms of, educate patients, and address public health issues regarding asthma.
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Use this text in your Press Release to inform the media about World Asthma Day and Asthma Awareness Month. Insert local details and quotes from your representatives in the highlighted spaces provided.
Sample Social Media
May is Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your lungs, but you can control it by taking the right medicine and avoiding triggers that cause an asthma attack. Learn more at http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/.
Living with asthma? You’re not alone. One in 12 adults suffers from the disease. The good news: you can control asthma by taking the right medicine and avoiding triggers that cause an asthma attack. Learn more about creating an asthma action plan at http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/.
Asthma is common. One in 11 children has asthma, while 1 in 12 adults suffer from the disease. Learn more about asthma’s impact on the nation in this infographic: http://go.usa.gov/VC2.
Asthma is disruptive. Nearly 1 in 2 children with asthma report missing at least 1 day of school each year because of asthma. Learn more about asthma’s impact on the nation in this infographic: http://go.usa.gov/VC2.
Asthma is expensive, costing $56 billion each year. Learn more about asthma’s impact on the nation in this infographic: http://go.usa.gov/VC2.
#Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your lungs. Learn to control it with an Asthma Action Plan: http://go.usa.gov/VC2.
1 in 11 children has #asthma. Learn more in this #infographic: http://go.usa.gov/VC2.
1 in 5 children w/ #asthma went to the ER for asthma-related care in ’09. Learn more in this #infographic: http://go.usa.gov/VC2.
Every day, 9 people die from #asthma. Learn more in this #infographic: http://go.usa.gov/VC2.
Black people 2-3 X more likely to die from #asthma than other groups. Learn more in this #infographic: http://go.usa.gov/VC2.
#Asthma is expensive. It costs the nation $56 billion per year. Learn more in this #infographic: http://go.usa.gov/VC2.
Create an #asthma friendly #school with this toolkit from CDC: http://go.usa.gov/kmvW.
Videos and audio podcasts about topics related to asthma including tips on how to control asthma while traveling, tips for asthma control in the wintertime, how to recognize asthma triggers, and more.
CDC’s National Asthma Control Program Works
This brochure tells the story of the first 10 years of CDC’s National Asthma Control Program and its grantees’ efforts toward alleviating the burden of asthma and keeping America breathing easier.
CDC’s National Asthma Control Program supports state programs working toward helping the millions of Americans with asthma.
- Page last reviewed: April 29, 2014
- Page last updated: May 1, 2014
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