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Indiana students getting educated about asthma and allergies

Indiana students are learning how to help their peers who suffer from asthma and seasonal allergies.

A program being enacted at two Indiana Elementary schools that educates and raises awareness about asthma and allergies is getting attention from the federal government.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will begin tracking the results of new education initiatives at the Molly B Hoover Elementary School in Crawfordsville and the Oaklandon Elementary School in Indianapolis that involve students raising flags to signal air conditions for asthma and allergy sufferers, according to an Associated Press report.

The state sponsored Fly a Flag program also includes grade specific lessons on respiratory illnesses and ways to prevent airway constriction. The news source said each day, students from different grade levels will check the air quality index and raise a colored flag that corresponds with either healthy or hazardous conditions.

Conditions throughout the state have been tough for people with asthma and allergies so far this season. The Evansville Courier and Press reported last weekend that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management issued high ozone warnings for seven counties in Southwestern Indiana.

"Hot weather increases a lot of pollution that is outside so air pollution is going to cause people with asthma to have trouble, and just the heat and the humidity itself is really going to trigger problems with our asthma patients," Dr. Ketan Sheth, and Indiana allergy and asthma physician, told local CBS affiliate WFLI.

The news station also posted heat advisories for much of the state throughout the coming weekend.

As warm weather starts rolling in, allergy sufferers need to take added precautions to control their symptoms. On days where the weather is too humid or ozone warnings are issued, stay inside and turn up your air conditioner to keep cool and control air quality levels inside your home. Don't risk your health, as summer is the most dangerous season for people living with asthma and allergies.

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