What Can Be Done
Federal, state, and local health officials can
Track asthma rates and the effectiveness of control measures so continuous improvements can be made in prevention efforts. Promote in uenza and pneumonia vaccination
for people with asthma. Promote improvements in indoor air quality for people with asthma through measures such as smoke-free air laws and policies, healthy schools and workplaces, and improvements in outdoor air quality.
Schools and school nurses can
Use student asthma action plans to guide use of inhaled corticosteroids and other prescribed asthma medicines correctly and to avoid asthma triggers. Make students’ quick-relief inhalers readily available for them to use at school as needed. Take steps to fix indoor air quality problems like mold and outdoor air quality problems such as idling school buses.