Asthma affects people of all ages, but most often starts during childhood. In Vermont, about 67,000 people are known to have asthma. Of those, nearly 13,000 are children.
Often people with poorly managed or severe asthma may have difficulty sleeping and breathing. But if a person with asthma gets an accurate diagnosis, learns to avoid asthma attack triggers, and takes medications appropriately under regular doctor supervision, asthma can be controlled. People with asthma can live active, healthy lives.
To see how many people who are living with asthma have the education and care they need to manage their condition and avoid hospitalization: Respiratory Disease Performance Scorecard