Asthma’s impact on the nation
Corporate Authors:National Center for Environmental Health (U.S.)
Description:Asthma is common.
• 1 in 11 children have asthma.
• 1 in 12 adults have asthma.
• Black children are 2 times more likely to have asthma than white children.
Asthma is deadly.
• 1 in 5 children with asthma went to an emergency department for asthma-related care in 2009.
• In 2009, there were:
479,000 asthma-related hospitalizations.
1.9 million asthma-related emergency department visits.
8.9 million asthma-related doctor visits.
9 people die from asthma every day.
• Black Americans are 2 to 3 times more likely to die from asthma than any other racial or ethnic group.
Asthma is disruptive.
• Nearly 1 in 2 children with asthma report missing at least 1 day of school each year because of asthma.
• 3 in 5 people with asthma limit their physical activity.
• Nearly 1 in 3 adults with asthma report missing at least one day of work each year because of asthma.
Asthma is expensive.
• Asthma costs our Nation $56 billion per year.
• 1 in 4 black adults can't afford their asthma medicines.
• 1 in 5 Hispanic adults can't afford their asthma medicines.
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