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Asthma in California

2009 | Download

Having asthma makes it hard for many of California’s children to live, learn, and play. Asthma is the most common chronic disease in the U.S. and a leading cause of hospitalizations and school absences among children. In California, about 1.5 million or 1 in 6 children under 18 years of age has been diagnosed with asthma.

In addition to asthma’s impact on the daily lives of children and families, society incurs a substantial cost in medical care and lost earnings because of asthma. We do not yet know how to cure asthma, but asthma-related deaths, hospitalizations, emergency-room visits, sick days, and symptoms are largely preventable.

Asthma in California, a fact sheet from PHI's Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program, explores: 

  • The hidden costs of asthma from deaths, hospitalizations, and ER visits
  • Asthma's impacts the daily life of children, including school absenteeism, symptoms, and medication use
  • How children of color and low-income children are disproportionally affected

Download the fact sheet.