London’s #AskAboutAsthma campaign is back on! This year running from 3-16 September. Last year was a great success and this year we want to do even better. It’s three simple asks. If you’re working or caring for children and young people with asthma make sure they 1) have an asthma plan 2) can use their inhaler properly 3) have an annual review. If you’re not sure about your own child’s care, talk to their GP #AskAboutAsthma.
Around 10% of children in London have asthma. It can affect every aspect of their lives; at home or school, being active and playing sports. At its worst, it can be deadly. With a few simple actions to get it under control and managed safely, asthma need get in the way of a full and active childhood.
Healthy London Partnership’s Children and Young People’s Team is running the #AskAboutAsthma campaign for its second year from 3-16 September 2018. It coincides with the return to school and when levels of hospital admissions for asthma peak. The campaign is targeting children and young people, their parents and carers, plus the health professionals who provide their care. There are three simple but important things to ask:
1 – Has an asthma management plan been made? It will soon be available as an app on mobile devices. The plan helps identify the right colour inhaler and dosage and the time to seek emergency help
2 – Can the inhaler be used effectively?
3 – Has there been an annual asthma review this year?
If the answer isn’t always yes, it’s time to see your GP, it could be life changing!
A communications toolkit is available for anyone interested in taking part or finding out more. More tools will become available as the launch date draws nearer. Last year the Mayor of London took part and this year we’re hoping more people will get involved to create as much buzz as possible. Children are still dying from asthma in London, we can all do more to make a difference.
Contact us if you would like to get involved