According to the BRFSS Call Back Survey, during the period of 2006 to 2009, self reported lifetime and current asthma prevalence among children (0-17) increased in Pennsylvania. Asthma prevalence was higher among boys than among girls and among non-Hispanic African American children than among non-Hispanic White children. For the same period, self reported and current asthma prevalence among adults remained fairly stable.
Analysis based on data from 2006 to 2009 provided by the Pennsylvania Health Containment Council (PHC4) indicates that among all age groups, children aged 0-4 years had the highest significant elevated asthma hospitalization rates. The highest rate in that group was observed in 2009 and the lowest in 2008. During this period, females had significantly higher hospitalization rates than males. Among females, the highest hospitalization rate was in 2009 and the lowest in 2007. Among males, the highest hospitalization rate was in 2006, and the lowest in 2008. African Americans had significantly higher hospitalization rates than Whites. Among African Americans, the highest hospitalization rate was in 2009 and the lowest in 2008.
Over the five year period, through 2001 and 2006 (from which 2004 data is missing), the reported asthma prevalence among school children increased each year. In 2001, 8.2% of Pennsylvania school children had asthma; in 2006, that rate was 9.8%. Data was provided by the Division of School Health, Bureau of Community Health.
The above three paragraphs briefly describe the burden of asthma in Pennsylvania. We invite you to explore this area of the Pennsylvania asthma website thoroughly. You will find all asthma burden details for Pennsylvania in the reports placed on this website.
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