|Volume 5 Issue 229 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Aug-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Aug-2003||Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Information for schools and parents: The asthma action card
According to a GAO report over 50 percent of our nation's schools have poor
ventilation and significant sources of pollution in buildings where nearly 55 million students, teachers, and school staff spend the majority of their time. This especially effects children with asthma who are particularly susceptible to indoor pollutants. Asthma, a chronic childhood disease, is responsible for 10 million missed school days per year.
In the last 15 years, there has been a 160 percent rise in the incidence of asthma among young children. About one in 13 school-age children has asthma, and the number of affected children is increasing. Asthma is the leading cause of long-term illness in children.