Children younger than 4 in Johnson County are more likely than any other age group to go to the Emergency Department (ED) due to asthma.
Asthma symptoms like wheezing and chest tightness can be particularly dangerous for children due to their smaller airways. Asthma can lead to trouble breathing during school, sleep, or play. Not only is this frightening for children, but it can have a long-term impact on lung function if left unnoticed or unmanaged. In fact, children are also more at risk to be hospitalized for asthma than any other age group in Johnson County.
Even though asthma is more dangerous for children, certain adult populations are more at risk for unmanaged asthma and asthma attacks in Iowa. In particular, adults who are low-income, uninsured, and of poor health are more likely to have unmanaged symptoms and visit the ED for symptom management. In recent years, the rate of asthma ED visits have decreased statewide, and Johnson County has mirrored this trend. Johnson County residents do have a lower rate of ED visits for asthma when compared to the state average. However, asthma is preventable! Utilizing an asthma action plan and an inhaler can help prevent dangerous asthma attacks and ED visits.
Asthma in Iowa Burden Report (2009) from IDPH, IPDH Public Health Tracking Portal.