10 Tweetable Facts About Asthma

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  1. Asthma accounts for an annual loss of more than 14 million school days per year
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  2. The annual direct cost of asthma in the US is approximately $11.5 billion
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  3. Asthma is the most common chronic disease in childhood. About 9% of US children have asthma
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  4. In the United States, more than 22 million people are known to have asthma
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  5. Asthma is the third-leading cause of hospitalizations among children under the age of 15
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  6. About 70% of asthmatics also have allergies
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  7. Fall and winter are allergy and asthma high-alert, high-incidence periods
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  8. Among children ages 5 to 17, asthma is the leading cause of school absences due to a chronic illness
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  9. African American children have a 500% higher death rate from asthma, compared to white children
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  10. Every year, asthma is responsible for 9 million visits to health care professionals
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TOPICS: Asthma