A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in December 2006 shows that death rates for asthma among children under age 18 have declined since 1999, while doctor visits for the condition have more than doubled. While the death rate has been decreasing, the overall prevalence of childhood asthma cases is at historically high levels in the United States following dramatic increases from 1980 until the late 1990s.
Additional information from the report shows that according to 2003 data, children with at least one asthma attack in the previous year, nearly 4 million children, missed a cumulative total of 12.8 million school days due to asthma.
To view the full report, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
* State of Childhood Asthma Report highlights (PPT).
* National Center for Health Statistics.
* Community Forestry Management Plan– NYC Parks & Rec, Greening for Breathing, NY Tree Trust.