Asthma mortality rates have been steadily increasing since the 1970s.
- Asthma affects more than 20 million adults in the United States.
- Over 9 million U.S. children have been diagnosed with asthma.
- Asthma is the most prevalent chronic condition in children.
- Asthma is the most common cause of hospitalization for children under the age of 15.
- Between 70% and 80% of people with asthma also suffer from allergies.
- More than 10 million Americans suffer specifically from allergic asthma.
- Asthma causes nearly two million emergency room visits, over 500,000 hospitalizations, and about 5,500 deaths each year.
- The prevalence of asthma increased 75% from 1980-1994.
- Asthma rates in children under 5 have increased more than 160% from 1980-1994.
- Asthma costs Americans over $16 billion a year.
- Nearly 15 million school days are missed annually due to asthma.
- Asthma accounts for about 25 million missed work days annually.
- Asthma prevalence is 39% higher in African Americans than in whites.
- In 2003, the prevalence of asthma in adult females was 35% greater than rates in males.
- It is estimated that 80% of asthma deaths could be prevented with proper asthma education.
- Genetics play a role in the development of asthma. If one parent has asthma, each child
has a 1 in 3 chance of developing asthma. If both parents have asthma, chances rise to 7 in 10.