Preventing Back-to-School Asthma Attacks

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Back-to-school season is a risky time for students with asthma. Allergens in the air and germs in the classroom can irritate airways and cause asthma attacks.

“September and October are the peak months for emergency room visits and admissions to the hospital for children with asthma,” said MU Health Care pediatric nurse practitioner Benjamin Francisco, PhD. “Asthma attacks can be life-threatening. Every year, children in Missouri die after having severe attacks, but these tragedies are preventable.”

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