Spring is in the air and so are pollens
COVID-19 impact on Asthma
As of April 5, 2021, all people age 16 and over are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, including those with asthma. Find vaccination sites, and sign up for Wisconsin's COVID-19 Vaccination Registry online or by calling 844-684-1064 (toll-free) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
If pollen allergies trigger your asthma, keep your asthma well-controlled by:
- Taking medications regularly as directed by your doctor.
- Staying indoors with windows closed on high pollen days.
- Changing your clothes and taking a shower after spending time outdoors.
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.