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For Immediate Release: May 15, 2012
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Survey reveals growing national impact of asthma

CDC releases "Asthma's Impact on the Nation"

An estimated 29.1 million adults (12.7 percent) have been diagnosed with asthma in their lifetimes, and 18.7 million (8.2 percent) still had asthma, according to 2010 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, Asthma’s Impact on the Nation, is the first state-by-state data gathered using the Asthma Call-back Survey, an in-depth survey conducted among people with asthma identified by the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

“The information in this release is a stark reminder that asthma continues to be major public health concern with a large financial impact on families, the nation, and our health care system,” said Christopher J. Portier, Ph.D., director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.  “A key component for adults and children is to create and follow an asthma action plan. Significantly, this analysis reveals that more than half of all children and more than two-thirds of all adults with asthma do not have an individualized action plan. CDC encourages those with asthma to work with their doctors to take control of this disease.” 

Asthma’s Impact on the Nation is the first release from CDC’s National Asthma Control Program to describe asthma prevalence, health care utilization, asthma management and education, and mortality trends for the program’s funded grantees in 34 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Comparing asthma prevalence by age, sex, race, and ethnicity, the CDC found socioeconomic and racial contrasts in asthma occurrence and management in children and adults.

May is designated as National Asthma Awareness Month, as a part of CDC’s efforts to raise awareness to
the seriousness of asthma’s impact. Join Dr. Portier on Twitter (@CDC_DrCPortier) today from 1-2 pm EDT for a chat on ways you can control asthma. The chat will also include highlights from the latest data from CDC’s National Asthma Control Program. Join the conversation by using #CDCasthma in your messages.

Additional highlights from Asthma’s Impact on the Nation release:

  • In 2010, an estimated 10.1 million (13.6 percent) children had been diagnosed with asthma in their lifetimes, and 7.0 million (9.4 percent) still had asthma.
  • During 2001–2010, the proportion of persons with asthma in the United States increased by 14.8 percent.
  • In 2008, children aged 5–17 years who had one or more asthma attacks in the previous 12 months missed 10.5 million days of school.  Adults who were currently employed and had one or more asthma attacks during the previous 12 months missed 14.2 million days of work due to asthma.
  • In 2009, asthma accounted for 3,388 deaths, 479,300 hospitalizations, 1.9 million emergency department (ED) visits, and 8.9 million physician office visits.
  • The estimated total cost of asthma to society, including medical expenses ($50.1 billion per year), loss of productivity resulting from missed school or work days ($3.8 billion per year), and premature death ($2.1 billion per year), was $56 billion (2009 dollars) in 2007.
Asthmais one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases. Asthma affects the lungs, causing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. May is designated as National Asthma Awareness Month. To see the full data visit CDC’s Web site at: http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/impacts_nation/default.htm.

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Note: CDC established the National Asthma Control Program in 1999 to launch a comprehensive public health response to control asthma. The National Asthma Control Program aims to reduce the number of deaths, hospitalizations, emergency department visits, school or work days missed, limitations on activities due to asthma, and increase the number of people receiving asthma management education and care. The program implements evidence-based interventions that reduce asthma-related morbidity and mortality. The National Asthma Program funds 34 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to help meet these goals and objectives. For more information on asthma, visit CDC’s Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/.

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