COVID-19 impact on Asthma
All people ages 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, including those with asthma. Find a vaccination appointment near you.
Beat the heat: five tips for managing your asthma this summer
Knowing how to manage your asthma in hot, humid conditions will help you avoid asthma symptoms and enjoy even the hottest summer days. Heat and humidity helps common allergens like pollens, dust mites and mold thrive. Levels of ozone pollution also increase on hot days, and particles in the air can irritate sensitive airways in hot and dry conditions. All of this can add up to breathing problems for people with asthma. Follow these tips to manage your asthma and breathe easy all summer long:
- Plan ahead – When temperatures soar, check the Air Quality Index to find out if it's safe to spend time outdoors. Sign up or text or email health advisory alerts.
- Be prepared – No matter the weather keep your asthma rescue medication with you, especially on hot days. You never know when asthma symptoms may strike, so keep your inhaler and meds with you at all times and don't leave them in a hot vehicle.
- Stay cool – Avoid strenuous activity in the heat of the day from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and stay indoors on unsafe air days in air conditioning if possible. If you have to be outside, stay in the shade, take frequent breaks, and drink plenty of water. Exercise in early morning when air quality is better.
- Have an action plan – An asthma management plan (sometimes called an asthma action plan) can help you identify when your asthma is flaring up and what steps to take when that happens on hot days and year round.
- Talk to your doctor – If you know your asthma is worse in the summer season or triggered by hot and humid weather, talk to your doctor about your asthma treatment and make sure it is right for you.
About the Asthma Program
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has been conducting asthma surveillance activities since 1992 and asthma interventions since 1994.
Since 2001, the Wisconsin Asthma Program has expanded its activities under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In 2003, the first Wisconsin Asthma Plan was adopted to provide the blueprint for addressing asthma as a public health priority, and lists the prioritized goals, objectives, and activities recommended for statewide action to reduce the burden of asthma in Wisconsin. The updated 2021-2025 plan is now available.
The Wisconsin Asthma Program partners with the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition to achieve the goals and activities in the Wisconsin Asthma Plan.
- Wisconsin Asthma Plan 2021-2025 (11/2020). The Wisconsin Asthma Coalition asthma plan includes strategies to improve asthma outcomes.
- 2020 Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines (12/2020).
- Influenza vaccination rates among people with asthma, P-01218 (08/2020)
- Asthma Care Home Program Shows Improved Outcomes and Cost Savings, P-02403. Evaluation shows a reduction in asthma-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits.
- Asthma Burden 2020 Report, P-02412-20. A summary of the asthma burden in Wisconsin.
- Maintain and expand asthma surveillance efforts.
- Facilitate implementation of the Wisconsin Asthma Plan.
- Prioritize and implement public health interventions for asthma.
- Build local capacity to identify, evaluate and implement actions.
- Implement CDC’s EXHALE strategies to improve asthma control and reduce health care costs.
To achieve these goals, the program will continue to conduct surveillance, maintain and enhance partnerships and implement priority interventions identified in the Wisconsin Asthma Plan.