May is Asthma Awareness Month
Asthma Awareness Toolkit
Use the items in CDC’s Asthma Awareness Month Toolkit to take control of and raise awareness about asthma.
Asthma, a disease that affects the lungs, affects over 25 million people living in the United States, including 1 in 11 children. It causes 3 in 5 people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss days at school and work. Asthma is also expensive, costing the nation $56 billion each year. On World Asthma Day (Tuesday, May 6) and throughout May, people with asthma and organizations dedicated to asthma control and education join together to increase awareness about asthma and improve the lives of all people with asthma.
Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. Asthma causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning.
People with asthma should have an Asthma Action Plan. The goal of asthma self-management is to achieve better health through controlling and preventing asthma attacks.
Data from CDC's National Asthma Control Program illustrate the impact of asthma.
CDC’s National Asthma Control Program plays a pivotal role in promoting asthma-friendly schools. These schools work to create safe and supportive learning environments for students with asthma.
CDC’s Learning Connection provides links to learning products and resources designed to help the public health community diagnose, manage the symptoms of, educate patients, and address public health issues regarding asthma.