National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

asthma and allergy awareness month

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), our partners in the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program, has designated May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.  AAFA is dedicated to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease for people with asthma and allergies through support, advocacy, education, and research.

This year AAFA is celebrating 40 years of designating May to raise awareness and save lives.

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month is a great opportunity for organizations dedicated to asthma and allergies, and for those impacted by asthma & allergies, to join together to increase awareness and improve the lives of all people with asthma and allergies. At Allergy Standards we will be supporting our CERTIFIED clients this May so they are informed, educated and ready to raise awareness for those impacted by asthma or allergies. 

Over 100 million people in the U.S. have with asthma or allergies – many have both. The statistics are sobering:

  • Over 27 million people in the U.S. have asthma. This equals about 1 in 12 people.

  • Over 22 million U.S. adults ages 18 and older have asthma.

  • Asthma rates are highest in American Indian or Alaska Native adults in the U.S.

  • Non-Hispanic Black children are nearly 2 times more likely to have asthma compared to non-Hispanic White children.

  • Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. adults and more than 1 in 4 U.S. children have a seasonal allergy, eczema, or food allergy.

  • In 2021, approximately 81 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever). This equals around 26% (67 million) of adults and 19% (14 million) of children.

World Asthma Day

asthma and allergy awareness monthWorld Asthma Day falls on May 7th this year and since its inception in 1998, World Asthma Day has been assigned a different theme each year. This year the theme is Asthma Education Empowers.  The day is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), a World Health Organization collaborative organization founded in 1993, with the aim of  promoting recognition and education of asthma awareness and it has become one of the world’s most important asthma awareness and education events in the world.

Education of our clients and of consumers is at the heart of our Certification Program so this is welcomed as a opportunity to focus completely on our valued clients. As the number of people with asthma and allergies continues to increase so to does demand for trustworthy asthma & allergy friendly® products so we want our clients positioned to help in the best possible way.

On World Asthma Day, AAFA will co-host a Congressional briefing on the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program (NACP) to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The NACP funds asthma education in 25 state, territorial, and municipal health departments.

Health Equity

There are a number of gaps in asthma care in underserved communities which require changing in order to reduce needless suffering and poor health outcomes.  At Allergy Standards we wholeheartedly embrace the goal to bridge the racial and ethnic gaps in asthma and allergy care and actively support our clients in all their ESG endeavours. Becoming CERTIFIED is a great step to maximize a company’s benefits to society while keeping the company focused on creating business and increasing brand value, and Allergy Standards is here to support our clients every step of the way.