As the number of Virginians with asthma continues to increase we must understand the factors influencing this increase as well as consider what public health can do to educate our communities and care for those with asthma. Approximately 412,370 adults in Virginia report having asthma. From 1980 to 1996, the prevalence of asthma in children in the United States increased by an average of 4.3 percent per year.
In order to help those dealing with asthma, on June 14 the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Department of Education, together with the Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, announced the release of a comprehensive data report on asthma in Virginia.
Please join us as we work to increase awareness of this chronic illness and assist our communities in developing habits that will help Virginians to breathe easier.
Overview of Asthma in Virginia
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by repeated and distressing episodes of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. It can be difficult to diagnose and differentiate from other respiratory illnesses. The cause of asthma is unknown, as is a cure.
How does asthma affect sufferers?
How many Virginians have been diagnosed with asthma?
What are some of the risk factors for asthma?