Trends in Asthma Attack Rate by Age, Sex and Race/Ethnicity

Trends in Asthma Attack Rate by Age, Sex and Race/Ethnicity

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Rate Count (thousands)
Total 56.3% 56.6% 53.8% 54.3% 53.2% 52.0% 51.7% 52.6% 49.5% 51.6% 49.1% 50.7% 49.9% 44.7% 46.9% 46.9% 45.6% 48.2% 11,921
Age  
<5 70.7% 77.3% 69.7% 65.1% 60.8% 69.9% 59.0% 64.4% 66.2% 68.3% 60.9% 60.8% 66.5% 56.5% 60.6% 62.4% 58.7% 75.4% 561
5-17 59.8% 61.9% 61.0% 60.4% 55.6% 53.2% 53.7% 55.6% 51.1% 56.1% 54.1% 54.2% 56.6% 46.7% 45.2% 52.5% 50.4% 53.7% 2,570
18-44 56.2% 55.0% 51.8% 51.8% 55.8% 50.0% 51.0% 52.0% 50.1% 48.5% 46.6% 49.4% 46.8% 41.8% 46.7% 41.1% 38.9% 43.2% 3,596
45-64 54.4% 51.0% 51.4% 54.8% 53.1% 56.4% 52.6% 53.4% 49.4% 53.6% 49.5% 53.4% 51.7% 48.8% 49.8% 52.3% 50.7% 50.9% 3,504
65+ 43.2% 49.9% 38.8% 42.5% 37.7% 37.5% 44.3% 40.5% 36.9% 41.6% 40.7% 37.8% 36.5% 37.8% 39.4% 38.7% 40.6% 42.0% 1,690
Sex  
Male 54.1% 55.1% 52.7% 55.2% 51.5% 47.3% 48.9% 50.1% 47.7% 49.8% 45.9% 49.8% 46.8% 43.0% 41.9% 44.8% 42.2% 44.8% 4,387
Female 57.9% 57.7% 54.6% 53.6% 54.5% 55.7% 53.6% 54.7% 50.8% 52.9% 51.4% 51.3% 52.2% 45.9% 50.3% 48.4% 47.8% 50.3% 7,534
Race/Ethnicity  
White 55.7% 56.0% 52.8% 53.9% 53.8% 51.9% 51.3% 51.5% 48.9% 52.0% 49.8% 50.7% 50.4% 44.1% 46.6% 46.7% 45.5% 48.9% 7,398
Black 60.6% 56.9% 53.3% 56.1% 45.3% 49.7% 49.8% 52.1% 48.1% 47.7% 50.3% 51.5% 49.5% 46.5% 44.0% 48.5% 41.6% 45.4% 2,052
Asian -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 59.5% 57.2% 50.7% 44.5% 51.2% 41.9% 48.3% -- 52.6% -- --
American Indian/Alaska Native -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Hispanic 54.7% 57.7% 56.5% 54.1% 56.7% 55.0% 57.4% 55.3% 50.3% 51.4% 45.9% 52.1% 47.4% 43.9% 49.1% 46.7% 46.7% 45.7% 1,744
Education  
Less Than High School 54.0% 51.6% 48.3% 54.3% 53.2% 49.3% 55.4% 55.5% 49.3% 49.2% 46.9% 53.4% 40.4% 48.3% 47.7% 46.2% 43.6% 49.1% 1,028
High School Diploma or GED 49.2% 53.5% 50.3% 48.4% 49.7% 51.2% 47.2% 45.4% 46.8% 44.7% 45.3% 47.1% 49.7% 46.0% 39.2% 46.8% 44.4% 42.0% 1,463
Some College 54.5% 55.7% 55.2% 53.4% 53.1% 55.1% 55.8% 55.0% 51.6% 51.5% 49.1% 54.9% 53.6% 48.4% 51.6% 45.0% 45.7% 49.5% 2,727
Bachelors Degree or Higher 57.4% 50.8% 47.5% 52.1% 52.0% 50.4% 48.8% 52.8% 47.6% 54.5% 50.1% 47.5% 45.0% 38.9% 47.4% 47.6% 43.3% 46.1% 2,467
  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Source:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 2001-2018. Harmonized by Minnesota Population Center and State Health Access Data Assistance Center. Integrated Health Interview Series data analyzed by the American Lung Association Research and Program Services Division.

  • Attack prevalence was defined as answering yes to all of "Have you ever been told by a health professional that you had asthma?," "Do you still have asthma?," and "During the past 12 months, have you had an episode of asthma or asthma attack?"
  • Education categories include only adults ages 25 years and older.
  • --Estimate not reliable due to small sample size.

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