To the Editor:
Spring is in the air – and so are asthma triggers. Did you know that asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under 15; or that it is a leading cause of school absences? More than 25 million Americans – including almost 90,000 adults and almost 26,000 children in Rhode Island – currently have asthma.
Yet, CDC’s National Asthma Control Program, which has helped reduce deaths and hospitalizations due to asthma since its inception in 1999, is in danger of elimination unless Congress continues its funding of this lifesaving program.
CDC funds these lifesaving programs in 34 states, including Rhode Island, so that people with asthma and their families can learn to better manage their disease. This means people can learn to prevent life-threatening asthma attacks, reducing health care costs and saving lives.
There is no better time than now, National Asthma Awareness Month, to contact your members of Congress to ask them to fight to save CDC’s National Asthma Control Program. As asthma rates increase, more must be done to combat this disease.
To learn more about the American Lung Association’s programs and resources for managing asthma, visit www.lung.org/asthma.
Jeff Seyler, President & CEO
American Lung Association in the Northeast