The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. May is a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers — and a perfect time to educate your population on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle with asthma and allergies. Nearly 25 million people, or 8 percent of the U.S. population, are affected by asthma.1 And more than 50 million people suffer from various types of allergies.2
The high cost associated with asthma and allergies
Every year, asthma costs the United States $56 billion in medical expenses, missed school and work days, and early deaths.1 The average cost per person with asthma is about $3,300 each year.1 On average, asthma contributes to four missed school days per child and five missed work days per adult.1 The cost of allergies to the U.S. health care system and businesses has been estimated to be $7.9 billion.3
According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, “Education is an important component of outreach for the prevention and control of allergen-induced diseases.”4
Our wellness programs can help support you and your population
AmeriHealth Administrators’ health and wellness programs can help your bottom line by promoting positive behavioral changes through education and awareness. Our people, tools, and educational resources can help you support optimal health for your population.
Connect with an AmeriHealth Administrators representative or your broker to find out how better health awareness and education can lead to a better bottom line.
1 “Asthma Statistics”; American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Accessed: April 27, 2017. www.aaaai.org/about-aaaai/newsroom/asthma-statistics
2 “Allergy Facts”; College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. Updated: February 18, 2016. www.acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies
3 “Allergy Statistics and Facts”; WebMD, LLC. Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 27, 2015. www.webmd.com/allergies/allergy-statistics
4 “Indoor Allergens: Assessing and Controlling Adverse Health Effects”; Chapter 8; National Academy of Sciences. Accessed: April 27, 2017. www.nap.edu/read/2056/chapter/10