Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S. and Vermont. The tools and resources below will help you to identify asthma triggers, and give you the information you need to control asthma in your home.
Asthma Action Plan
If you or your child has asthma, you should have an Asthma Action Plan.
People with asthma should routinely check in with their health care provider and have an asthma action plan to help identify triggers in the environment to change or avoid, recognize symptoms, and know when and how to use medications and seek medical attention.
The Vermont Asthma Action Plan is a simple and user-friendly form that serves as your asthma management plan:
- what medicines to take to stay healthy
- list of asthma triggers to avoid
- how to recognize and treat asthma episodes & when to seek help
- Maple Plan for Controlling Asthma - Guidance about and for managing asthma. In partnership with Rutland Regional Medical Center
- Asthma and Indoor Environments - Basic information from the EPA about asthma, asthma triggers, resources, media campaigns, public service announcements, frequently asked questions and materials geared to kids.
Asthma and Smoking
Zero Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
Living in a smoke-free environment is an important part of managing asthma, and for your overall health and the health of your children. There is no safe exposure to tobacco smoke, especially for children.
Jessica’s son, Aden, was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with asthma. Although Jessica never smoked, many of Aden’s attacks were triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke.
Jessica’s mother, who watched Aden during the day while Jessica was at work, was a smoker. Unfortunately, Jessica didn’t know the connection between secondhand smoke exposure and asthma.
Quit Smoking Help
When you decide to quit, these free services can help you find success. Best of all, through 802Quits you can get free nicotine replacement - gum, patches or lozenges - shipped right to your door (while supplies last). Visit 802Quits.org
More Resources and Supports
Nonprofit health organization offers a number of resources as a one-stop, family-to-family support network.
American Lung Association
- Asthma in Children
- A Guide for Teens and Adults With Asthma
- A Guide for Parents of Children With Asthma
Collaborative effort of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program and coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Intitiative work includes asthma guidelines for home, school, work, health care settings, and the community.
Kids With Asthma Can!
This award winning PBS site details the exploits of Arthur and Friends. It has games, books, videos, coloring pages, asthma tips and a host of other activities from Buster Baxter: Lung Defender.
Sponsored by the Asthma Society of Canada, includes the "Everything about Asthma case file" games, stories from kids who have asthma, CD-Roms and travels of the Asthma Agent who helps Dr. Eugene Airway explores the insides of people with asthma.
Vermont Asthma Program
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street
PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
Email: Vermont Asthma Program