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14 October 2003
16/2003
Commemorative Issue

Active with Asthma

Australia
What is asthma?
People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs. When the airways are exposed to certain triggers, the airways narrow, and cause breathing difficulty. The airways narrow because the muscles around the airways tighten, the inside lining of the airways swell and extra mucous is produced.

The narrowing of the airways can cause a range of symptoms, including coughing, wheezing and/or shortness of breath. The cause of asthma is not known and it can begin at any age and change over time.

Asthma in Australia
More than two million people in Australia have asthma. Up to one in four children, one in seven adolescents and one in ten adults will experience asthma symptoms at some time in their lives. The prevalence of asthma in Australia has doubled in the past fifteen years. Asthma is one of the leading causes of absenteeism from school and work, childhood admission to hospital, and is among the ten most common reasons for seeing a general practitioner.

Despite these alarming statistics, most people with asthma are able to lead a normal, active life. That

Active with Asthma  

Active with Asthma

Technical Information

Issue date ...................... 14 October 2003
Denomination ................ One x 50c
Designer ........................ Mike Heine, Melbourne
Printer............................ McPhersons
Paper............................. De La Rue
Stamp size...................... 37.5 x 26 mm
Perforations.................... 13.86 x 14.6
Printing process .............. Lithography
Sheetlet size ................... 100 x 155 mm
Sheet layout ................... Sheetlet of ten x 50c
National postmark ........... Ayr QLD 4807
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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