National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Since 1984, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” It is a peak season for people with asthma and allergies and a perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, co-workers, and others about these diseases.
Quick Facts (Download Fact Sheet):
More than 65 million Americans overall have asthma and allergies. Some people may have one or both of these conditions.
- About 25 million Americans have asthma (20 million adults and 5 million children)1
- About 32 million Americans have food allergies (26 million adults and 6 million children)2,3
- About 24 million Americans have rhinitis (hay fever), or nasal allergies (19.2 million adults and 5.2 million children)4
- There is no cure for asthma or allergies.
These numbers paint a picture of how many people in the U.S. are managing asthma and allergies. But they don’t paint a picture of the overall impact these diseases have on people, their caregivers, and communities.
Get Involved and Take Action:
This year’s theme is increasing confidence when using asthma and allergy medicines, including inhalers and injections. Use our resources and tools to spread awareness during May and all year long!
Join us for 31 Days of Action for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month 2022!
May 3: WORLD ASTHMA DAY!
- On World Asthma Day, AAFA announced the launch of its new Health Equity Advancement and Leadership (HEAL) program.
- AAFA is presenting to EPA Region 4: Asthma Disparities and the Impacts of Climate Change and COVID-19.
May 4: Sign up for AAFA’s e-newsletters to receive updates about asthma and allergies.
May 6: Learn about asthma treatments and how to take them correctly.
May 8: Food Allergy Awareness Week begins! Join our Kids With Food Allergies community and share food allergy facts and images. Offer inspiration, support, understanding, and hope by sending an invitation to someone who has been newly diagnosed with a food allergy.
May 9: Make a donation to support our food allergy research, support, education, and advocacy programs.
May 11: Health care professionals: Join Vitalograph’s Lunch & Learn at 1 p.m. ET for a webinar titled “Patient Experience – Inhaler Usage: Common Patient Mistakes When Using Inhaler for Asthma.”
May 12: Improve your confidence to know when and how to use epinephrine to treat severe allergic reactions. Watch the training video for your/your child’s epinephrine device and practice injecting using a training device.
May 13: Visit the KFA School Zone to prepare for the next school year to confidently manage your student’s food allergies. This information hub has resources for parents, school nurses, and school staff to help manage food allergies at school.
May 14: Visit KFA’s Safe Eats® recipes and make a meal free of major allergens.
May 15: National Eosinophil Awareness Week begins! Learn more about eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a form of food allergy.
May 16: Advocacy Day: Ask your elected officials to support the Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act and the Medical Nutrition Equity Act to help improve the lives of people with asthma and food allergies.
May 17: People spend 90% of their time indoors where indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Use AAFA’s Healthier Home Checklist to look for ways to improve your indoor air quality by reducing asthma and allergy triggers in your home.
May 18: Join AAFA’s “Ask the Expert” Community Chat at 7 p.m. ET. Bring your questions about how to best use your asthma and allergy medicines.
May 19: AAFA advocates for patients to be involved in every step of research so we can ensure research meets the needs of individuals living with asthma and allergies. Learn how you can get involved in research to help us advance treatments and care!
May 20: Learn about eosinophilic asthma, what makes it different from other asthma subtypes, why it can be harder to treat, and what treatment options are available.
May 21: Wear your awareness T-shirts and bracelets and go for a walk or hike. If you didn’t get a chance to order shirts from AAFA by April 22, you can make your own shirts. Post photos of your walk on social media and tag @AAFANational. Ask your friends to donate in your honor: aafa.org/give-may
May 23: Improve your confidence to know when and how to properly use your asthma inhalers and allergy medicines.
May 25: Visit the AAFA School Zone to prepare for the next school year to confidently manage your student’s asthma or allergies. This information hub has resources for parents, school nurses, and school staff to help manage asthma and allergies at school.
May 27: Take part in Remembrance Day to honor the memories of people lost to asthma or allergy. Visit a park and honor them by blowing bubbles (a more environmentally friendly option than releasing a balloon).
May 28: Join AAFA’s asthma and allergy support community and opt in to get involved in advocacy, research, or become a patient spokesperson.
May 29: Plant a tree. Visit your local nursery to find a native tree to plant at home, school, or workplace. Look for local tree planting events in your area if you don’t have a place to plant one. Check out our list of trees that are better for people with pollen allergies.
May 30: Learn more about the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. Find products that have been tested and proven to help you have a healthier indoor living space: aafa.org/certified
May 31: Download our Ally & Andy’s coloring book with activity pages to help kids learn more about asthma and allergies.