TABLE 4.

Average Annual Asthma Mortality (per 1 000 000) Among Children Younger Than 18 Years, Selected Years 1980 to 1998, United States*

1980–19811985–19861990–19911995–19961997–1998
Overall mortality1.82.73.13.83.3
Race/ethnicity
 White non-Hispanic1.21.02.02.42.2
 Black non-Hispanic5.34.18.511.710.1
 HispanicNA1.92.01.6
Age
 0–4 y1.21.62.22.72.5
 5–10 y1.62.02.32.72.7
 11–17 y2.44.14.45.64.4
  • NA indicates not applicable.

    Source: Mortality File, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • * All relative SEs for estimates are below 30%.

  • Data for ethnicity not available for 1980–1981. Rates for white and black children include those of Hispanic ethnicity for 1980–1981.

  • The estimate is statistically unreliable because there were fewer than 20 deaths.