In 2002, 7.6% of Delaware residents age 18 and older said they have asthma. The survey asks two questions: 1) Have you ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have asthma? 2) Do you still have asthma? The prevalence rate is based on those who report they still have asthma. The Delaware BRFSS began collecting prevalence data on asthma in 2001, so no trend data is available.
Almost 12% of the adult population have been told at some time that they had asthma. More women (14%) than men (9.3%) have been told they have asthma. It is most prevalent among 18-24 year olds (15%); and African Americans (13.2%) are more likely to have been told they have asthma than whites (11.7%).
All respondents with children in the 2002 survey were asked, "How many children under age 18 living in your household have ever been diagnosed with asthma?"
Source: Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2002.