May 11, 2018
The Florida Department of Health recognizes May as National Asthma Awareness Month and takes the opportunity to educate Floridians regarding diagnosis and treatment programs committed to improving the lives of those living with asthma.
The department is working with national and statewide partners to make life better for Floridians with asthma and their families by promoting the use of a tailored, written asthma action plan (AAP) as part of a comprehensive approach to asthma care.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma affects over 24 million people living in the United States, including more than 6 million children. Asthma is a leading cause of preventable emergency department visits, hospitalizations, school absenteeism and work-related lung disease in Florida. Asthma is more severe among children, women, and those whose household incomes are less than $25,000.
The department encourages individuals with asthma and their families to work with their healthcare provider to develop a written AAP. Once a customized AAP is developed for the person with asthma, it should be shared with family members, school nurses, coaches and caregivers to ensure effective management of the disease.
For more information about asthma and statewide efforts to reduce asthma disparities, please visit the department’s Florida Asthma Program.