Welcome to the Utah Asthma Program!

Utah communities working together to improve the
quality of life for people with asthma.

Back to School with Asthma

About 8.8% of students or approximately 53,000 school-aged children in Utah have asthma.

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With students going back to school and the cold season well on the way, it is important to be prepared for how to keep your child with asthma virus-free this year.

"Every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing, sneezing, and fever. This year, the enterovirus that is most commonly causing respiratory illness in children across the country is enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68). Parents should learn more about EV-D68 so that they can help keep their children from getting and spreading the virus." -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Children with asthma are particularly at risk for severe symptoms from EV-D68. The following links provide some basic information on EV-D68 and what parents need to know.

Parents and schools can be prepared to help their students with asthma using these resources:

  • Combined Asthma School Form (EspaƱol): This form combines all of the forms you need to manage asthma at school. It serves as an asthma action plan, medication authorization, and self-administration form.
  • Winning With Asthma - Invite your student's athletic coaches, PE teachers and referees to take the free 25-minute online asthma educational program.
  • Click here for more information.

Asthma Resources:

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