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 (when available).
  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 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

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