Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month." Spring is the peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate your patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.
AAFA asks the President of the United States to officially designate May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness month each year. AAFA make it easy for you to join in the activities by inviting you to use AAFA materials and tools to bring healthy messages to work, school and home.
Asthma and allergies are at epidemic proportions in America. They affect so many Americans now that the White House has designated May as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. The statistics surrounding these conditions can be overwhelming. In fact, in the past 20 years, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the number of Americans with these two chronic conditions has doubled. That brings the current estimate of afflicted people to 60 million. Last year alone, there were approximately two million emergency room visits and nearly half a million hospital stays due to asthma/allergy attacks. On a financial level, the statistics from the AAFA places the enormous cost of treating these conditions at $25 billion annually. The costs are staggering, both in human-suffering and in financial treatment. So, in this month of awareness, the real question is what can be done to reduce and prevent the symptoms (attacks) and financial costs of these devastating diseases.