Avoid the September Epidemic Infographic

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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

  1. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer often, especially before eating and touching the face, and after using the restroom.

  2. Follow an Asthma Action Plan.

  3. Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.

  4. Monitor symptoms and peak flow rates.

  5. Keep sick family members home.

  6. Use medication before symptoms begin.

  7. Consistently use asthma and allergy medications, even when symptom free.

  8. Minimize environmental triggers.

  9. Keep medication refills on hand.

  10. Keep asthma medication and peak flow meter 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


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


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