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HEALTH8.A Asthma: Percentage of children ages 0–17 with asthma, 1997–2014

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Characteristic 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Ever diagnosed with asthmaa 11.4 12.1 10.8 12.3 12.7 12.3 12.5 12.2 12.7 13.5 13.1 13.8 13.8 13.6 14.0 14.0 12.7 13.5
Currently have asthmab 8.8 8.4 8.5 8.5 8.9 9.3 9.1 9.4 9.6 9.4 9.5 9.3 8.3 8.6
Having at least one asthma attackc 5.4 5.3 5.3 5.5 5.7 5.8 5.5 5.6 5.2 5.6 5.2 5.6 5.5 5.7 5.5 5.4 4.9 4.3
— Not available.
a Children ever diagnosed with asthma by a doctor or other health care professional.
b Children ever diagnosed with asthma who currently have asthma.
c Children having had an episode of asthma or an asthma attack in the past 12 months.
NOTE: From 1997 to 2014, children are identified as ever diagnosed with asthma by asking parents “Has a doctor or other health professional EVER told you that your child has asthma?” If the parent answered YES to this question, they were then asked (1) “Does your child still have asthma?” and (2) “During the past 12 months, has your child had an episode of asthma or an asthma attack?” The question “Does your child still have asthma?” was introduced in 2001 and identifies children who currently have asthma.
SOURCE: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey.