"Asthma is a common chronic disease among children in the United States.
- In 2006, 9.9 million children under 18 years of age were reported to have ever been diagnosed with asthma; 6.8 million children had an asthmatic episode in the last 12 months.
- The hospitalization rate for asthma remained at 27 per 10,000 children from 2002-2004.
- Asthma is the third ranking cause of non-injury related hospitalization among children less than 15 years of age.
- Although asthma deaths among children are rare, 195 children under 18 years of age died from asthma in 2003."
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