Report on children's
health in the US released by the Centers for Disease Control and
Nine million U.S. children
under age 18 have been diagnosed with asthma at some point in their
lives, and more than 4 million have had an asthma attack in a year.
12 percent of children
under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with asthma. Boys (14 percent)
were more likely than girls (10 percent) to have been diagnosed
with asthma. Children in poor families (16 percent) were more likely
to have been diagnosed with asthma than children in families that
were not poor (11 percent).
children were more than twice as likely as Hispanic children to
have had an asthma attack in a year (9 percent vs. 4 percent).
The report examined
a number of health topics and found that 12 percent or 9 million
U.S. children also suffered from respiratory allergies in 2002.
Ten percent of children suffered from hay fever and 11 percent suffered
from other allergies.
were more prevalent among children living in the South (15 percent)
than in the Midwest (12 percent), Northeast (11 percent) or West
(10 percent). Non-Hispanic white children (14 percent) and non-Hispanic
black children (12 percent) were more likely than Hispanic children
(9 percent) to have had respiratory allergies.