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Asthma by the Numbers

In 2005:

      • 20 million Americans were living with asthma.

      • More than 4,000 Americans died from asthma.

      • 1.8 million emergency room visits were due to asthma.

      • 500,000 Americans were hospitalized with asthma.

      • Annual health care costs of asthma exceeded $16 billion.

      • 48% of asthmatics report that the disease interferes with regular exercise.

      • Only 10% of asthmatic children received the recommended flu shot.

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