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Asthma in Oklahoma                                                  

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Adults  (Click on "Adults" to see complete Fact Sheet.)                                              

  • In 2012, one in every ten Oklahoma adults 18 years and older (292,000 people) reported they currently had asthma.
  • Females reported higher prevalence of current asthma (12.7%) than males (7.4%).
  • Oklahoma's asthma mortality rates are similar to the nation's, which has been decreasing in recent years. Non-Hispanic African Americans have much higher asthma mortality rates than other racial groups.

  • In 2011, there were 4,293 hospital discharges with asthma as the principle diagnosis in Oklahoma, with total charges of $72.0 million.  The hospitalization rate of asthma was much higher for African Americans.

Children  (Click on "Children" to see complete Fact Sheet.) 

  • In Oklahoma, about 86,900 children younger than 18 years of age (9.3%) currently have asthma (current asthma).
  • Boys reported slightly higher prevalence of lifetime and current asthma than girls.
  • In Oklahoma, Non-Hispanic African American children had significantly higher prevalence of lifetime and current asthma than Non-Hispanic White children.


The Chronic Disease Service is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop asthma control plans which include disease tracking, science-based interventions, and state-wide partnerships to reduce the burden of asthma in the home, school, and occupational environments.


Current projects include: 

  • How to Use an Inhaler  (Video); 
  • Asthma Friendly Schools (incorporates two components - Asthma Basic, for teachers, and Open Airways for Schools, for students, in partnership with the local American Lung Association); and 
  • Ready, Set, Go with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, AAFA, (for primary care providers).  

For more asthma in Oklahoma data, see OK2SHARE and the Toolkit Trilogy, specifically the MONAHRQ Data Guide and the Chronic Disease in Oklahoma Data Book.

If you have any questions regarding asthma or are interested in the current projects, please contact the 
Chronic Disease Service at 405-271-4072 or 1-888-669-5634.

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