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Teens with Current Asthma

This indicator shows the percentage of high school students who have ever been told by a doctor or nurse that they had asthma and still have asthma.

Teens with Current Asthma

10.2
8.3
Comparison: FL State Value 

8.3

percent
Measurement Period: 2011

County: Miami-Dade

Categories: Health / Respiratory Diseases, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health, Health / Environmental & Occupational Health
Technical Note: The regional value is compared to the Florida state value.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute

Why is this important?

In the United States alone, over 8.6 million children under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with asthma, and the number continues to rise. The increase in diagnoses may be due to an increase in the amount of time spent indoors and therefore greater exposure to dust mites and allergens; higher levels of air pollution; and limited access to quality healthcare. Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children and teens. Asthma results in missed days of school, limitations on daily activities, emergency department visits for treatment of asthma symptoms, and hospitalizations. In addition, asthma has been linked to childhood obesity and depressive symptoms.

Teens with Current Asthma : Time Series

2007: 7.8 2009: 7.7 2011: 8.3

percent

Teens with Asthma by Gender

Female: 8.5 Male: 8.1 Overall: 8.3

percent

Teens with Asthma by Race/Ethnicity

Black: 12.5 Hispanic: 7.4 White: 2.8 Overall: 8.3

percent

Teens with Current Asthma

Comparison: Prior Value 

8.3

percent
Measurement Period: 2011

County: Miami-Dade

Categories: Health / Respiratory Diseases, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health, Health / Environmental & Occupational Health
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute

Why is this important?

In the United States alone, over 8.6 million children under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with asthma, and the number continues to rise. The increase in diagnoses may be due to an increase in the amount of time spent indoors and therefore greater exposure to dust mites and allergens; higher levels of air pollution; and limited access to quality healthcare. Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children and teens. Asthma results in missed days of school, limitations on daily activities, emergency department visits for treatment of asthma symptoms, and hospitalizations. In addition, asthma has been linked to childhood obesity and depressive symptoms.

Teens with Current Asthma : Time Series

2007: 7.8 2009: 7.7 2011: 8.3

percent

Teens with Asthma by Gender

Female: 8.5 Male: 8.1 Overall: 8.3

percent

Teens with Asthma by Race/Ethnicity

Black: 12.5 Hispanic: 7.4 White: 2.8 Overall: 8.3

percent