As many as 100,000 childhood asthma hospitalizations could be prevented each year through proper management by patients and flu vaccinations, researchers say.
A recent survey of parents and physicians conducted by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin found that as many as 54 percent of asthma-related hospital visits were considered preventable, probably because parents missed preventive doctor visits or didn't use medication as directed. The study was published in the October issue of Pediatrics.
In addition, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has reported that administering immunization for influenza to children with asthma could decrease asthma-related hospitalizations during flu season by up to 78 percent. The flu is known to exacerbate asthma symptoms.
Christina Elston is the contributing health editor for United Parenting Publications.