Avoid the September Epidemic Make an Appointment Ask a Question Search Conditions This information has been reviewed and approved by Ronina Covar, MD (July 2022). Want to use this on your website? Fill out the content usage request form and then copy this code: Summary: Avoid the September Epidemic Back to school means the return of germ swapping and a dramatic increase in serious asthma attacks, known as the September Epidemic. 10 Ways to Protect Against the September Epidemic Wash hands or use hand sanitizer often, especially before eating and touching the face, and after using the restroom. Follow an Asthma Action Plan. Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Monitor symptoms and peak flow rates (when available). Keep sick family members home. Use medication before symptoms begin. Consistently use asthma and allergy medications, even when symptom free. Minimize environmental triggers. Keep medication refills on hand. Keep asthma medication at school. Asthma by the Numbers 25% of all children’s asthma hospitalizations happen in September 80% of asthma attacks in children and 50% in adults are caused by viral infections 10.5M school days missed annually due to asthma 14.2M work days missed annually due to asthma Extra Credit: Watch for COVID-19 Symptoms and Vaccinate! Children six months and older are now eligible for COVID vaccination. Check the current CDC guidelines for more details. Contact your doctor if you notice these common COVID-19 symptoms: Fever Cough Shortness of Breath More Information on Pediatric Asthma What is Asthma? Asthma Symptoms Asthma Treatments What Makes Asthma Worse? Living with Asthma Asthma Action Plan Back to School Health Tips Childhood Asthma Control Test Avoiding the September Epidemic Read the Asthma Wizard Comic Book You may use this infographic or our Avoid the September Epidemic (PDF) with permission by completing our content usage request form.