Asthma Statistics

Total Number of People with Asthma in 1998 = 26,394,037 Number of children < 18 with Asthma in 1998 = 8,649,853 (33%)Asthma Attacks in 1998 = 10,031,717 totalAsthma Attacks in children under the age of 18 = 3,529,163 (35%)Total Number of Deaths from Asthma in 1998 = 5,438Number of Hospital Discharges for Asthma in 1998 = 423,000Number of Hospital Discharges for Children with Asthma under the age of 15 = 166,000 (39%)Lost School Days per Year from Asthma = 10.1 millionLost Work Days per Year from Asthma = 3 millionDirect Medical Expenses for Asthma in 2000 = $8.1 billionIndirect Expenses for Asthma in 2000 Associated with lost productivity = $4.6 billion* Statistics derived from "Trends in Asthma Morbidity and Mortality" from the Epidemiology & Statistics January 2001. From the American Lung Association

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