Self Reported Asthma Rate Drops

The Center for Disease Control conducts an annual survey to discover the self-reported U.S asthma rate. Results indicate a significant drop in asthma to a nine year low. 7.4% of the U.S population reported an asthma diagnoses compared to a fairly consistent rate at approximately 8.5% since 2009. The CDC is not completely convinced, having surveyed 47,000 people last year, and they are hesitant to declare its decline. Asthma is a chronic illness affecting around 3 million children and adults in the United States. One of the leading causes of asthma deaths is attributed to a lack of medication adherence.

(Reuters) – Self-reported U.S. asthma rates have fallen significantly for the first time in four years to a nine-year low, according to a survey released on Thursday, but researchers cautioned that the numbers may not mean the disease is dwindling.

About 7.4 percent of the U.S. population reported having asthma in 2013, down from a level that has hovered around 8.5 percent since 2009, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey found.

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Center for Disease Control: “Too Few Americans With Asthma Are Getting Flu Shots”

Influenza is a common illness during the colder months of the year. However, if not taken care of properly, it can become severely detrimental to your health. Asthmatics are at an increased risk of complications from influenza, yet a study from the CDC shows that they are taking too few preventative measures, especially with flu shots. Only half of asthmatics get flu shots, which is well below the percentage target for that demographic.

The federal government targets a 90% flu shot rate for asthmatics and an 80% rate for children ages from 6 months to 17 years.

The study is posted in the Dec 6th Issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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