Wellness Update - - Vital Signs -

The num­ber of peo­ple with asthma con­tin­ues to grow. One in 12 peo­ple (about 25 mil­lion, or 8% of the pop­u­la­tion) had asthma in 2009, com­pared with 1 in 14 (about 20 mil­lion, or 7%) in 2001. More than half (53%) of peo­ple with asthma had an asthma at­tack in 2008. More chil­dren (57%) than adults (51%) had an at­tack. 185 chil­dren and 3,262 adults died from asthma

in 2007. About 1 in 10 chil­dren (10%) had asthma and 1 in 12 adults (8%) had asthma in 2009. Women were more likely than men and boys more likely than girls to have asthma. About 1 in 9 (11%) non-His­panic blacks of all ages and about 1 in 6 (17%) of non-His­panic black chil­dren had asthma in 2009, the high­est rate among racial/eth­nic groups. The great­est rise in asthma rates was among black chil­dren (al­most a 50% in­crease) from 2001 through 2009. Asthma cost the US about $3,300 per per­son with asthma each year from 2002 to 2007 in med­i­cal ex­penses. Med­i­cal ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with asthma in­creased from $48.6 bil­lion in 2002 to $50.1 bil­lion in 2007. About 2 in 5 (40%) unin­sured peo­ple with asthma could not af­ford their pre­scrip­tion medicines and about 1 in 9 (11%) in­sured peo­ple with asthma could not af­ford their pre­scrip­tion medicines. Peo­ple with asthma can pre­vent asthma at­tacks if they are taught to use in­haled cor­ti­cos­teroids and other pre­scribed daily long-term con­trol medicines cor­rectly and to avoid asthma trig­gers. Trig­gers can in­clude to­bacco smoke, mold, out­door air pol­lu­tion, and colds and u. In 2008 less than half of peo­ple with asthma re­ported be­ing taught how to avoid trig­gers. Al­most half (48%) of adults who were taught how to avoid trig­gers did not fol­low most of this ad­vice. Doc­tors and pa­tients can bet­ter man­age asthma by cre­at­ing a per­sonal asthma ac­tion plan that the pa­tient fol­lows.

Asthma Ac­tion Plan

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