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Asthma CM Program

What is asthma?

Asthma is a disease that causes the airways of the lungs to tighten and swell. It is common among children and teens. Learn about asthma and the early warning signs before asthma gets out of control. Work with your child’s doctor to come up with an asthma action plan.

What is an asthma attack?

An asthma attack happens when your child has asthma and their lungs aren’t getting enough air to breathe. Your child may cough or wheeze during an attack.

Asthma triggers: http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/triggers.html

What causes an asthma attack?

Things that cause asthma attacks are called triggers. Triggers are everywhere. Your child’s home or school can be full of triggers such as pests and mold.

Asthma Information:

Care Management Department: 713-295-2303 or 1-888-760-2600

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RSV Information

What is RSV?

RSV is a viral respiratory illness that can be very harmful to at-risk infants (premature babies and infants under 2 with heart or lung disorders). Most children get RSV from November to April.

What are the symptoms of RSV?

RSV symptoms are a lot like respiratory infection symptoms: coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever and difficulty breathing. These can be life threatening to at-risk children. Take your child to their Primary Care Provider (PCP) for a proper diagnosis and help.

Is there an immunization for RSV?

A specific vaccine for immunization against RSV is available for at-risk children. Please discuss the RSV vaccine with your PCP.

How can I prevent spreading RSV and other respiratory infections?

  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow, not in your hand.
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water.
  • Do not share cups and/or utensils.
  • Do not kiss babies on the face.
  • Frequently clean doorknobs, telephones, and toilet and sink handles.

Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site.

For more information go to http://www.cdc.gov.