California County Asthma Hospitalization Chart Book, September 2003
This report presents asthma hospitalization rates in California counties for 1998 through 2000. This report is intended to provide information to counties on progress toward achieving the national Healthy People 2000 objective of reduced asthma hospitalizations. Rates are shown separately by race/ethnicity and for children (0 to 14 years) to help county health officials identify populations most at risk for severe asthma morbidity. Individual county data are presented in tables and figures.
Hospitalization rates are not indicators of asthma prevalence, or current asthma. Asthma is a chronic disorder that can present on a spectrum of severity. Hospitalization rates measure an infrequent, severe oucome of this disorder.
Please contact the California Department of Health Services, Environmental Health Investigations Branch at 510-622-4500 for assistance with data interpretation and more information about additional data available for your area.
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