Prevalence of Childhood Asthma Trending Downward

Mark L. Fuerst

The prevalence of asthma in children is on the decline, but researchers still stress the importance of asthma education to not only children, but to parents and others involved in their care. 

The prevalence of asthma and asthma attacks in children have decreased in recent years, fewer children with asthma reported missed school days and hospitalizations because of asthma, and more children with asthma received a written asthma action plan, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Click through this brief slide show for study highlights. Source: Zahran HS, Bailey CM, Damon SA, Garbe PL, Breysse PN, et al. Vital Signs: Asthma in Children - United States, 2001–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:149–155.