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A Widespread Problem

The statistics surrounding asthma occurrence in children are staggering; according to the CDC, there are seven million children in the U.S. currently suffering from asthma. This number means that over nine percent of the population’s children have asthma. Of these seven million kids, nearly a quarter of them make at least one trip to the emergency room every year. Fourteen million school days are lost each year to asthma symptoms.

Even worse, asthma can be fatal. While a 2006 study from the CDC reported that asthma death rates for children have steadily declined since 1999, even low mortality numbers are unacceptable, particularly since asthma deaths are largely preventable.