Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options
CDC Home

Flu Shots - Get Vaccinated

Don't get the flu. Don't spread the flu. Get Vaccinated.

People with Asthma Should Receive a Flu Vaccination Every Year

Influenza, commonly called "the flu," is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs). People with asthma are more likely to have serious health problems from getting the flu, yet most people with asthma don’t receive a flu shot every year.

If you have asthma, you need to take steps to prevent getting the flu. Respiratory infections such as the flu can affect your lungs, causing an asthma attack. Flu vaccine is the first and most important step you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu.

People who have asthma should also get the pneumococcal vaccine to protect against pneumonia and talk to their health care provider about any additional vaccines they might need. Pneumococcal infections are a serious complication of influenza infections and can cause death. Pneumococcal vaccine may be given at the same time as influenza vaccine.

CDC’s Seasonal Flu

Learn more about the flu, how to prevent it, what to do if you get sick, where to find a flu clinic near you, and actions you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Seasonal Flu Information for Parents

Information about the danger of the flu and recommendations for flu vaccination for children and their contacts.

Adults with Asthma Should Receive a Flu Vaccination

Respiratory infections like influenza are more serious for patients with asthma because they often can lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.

Seasonal Flu Podcasts

  • Breathe Easier (1:00)

    This podcast provides information about why the risk for serious medical consequences is higher than normal when asthma is combined with a case of the flu.


Data & Surveillance

Percents by Age, Sex, and Race, United States, 2012. Age: Child = 9.3%, Adult =  8.0%, Sex: Male = 7.0%, Female =  9.5%, Race/Ethnicity: White =  8.1%, Black =  11.9%, Hispanic =  7%. Source: National Health Interview Survey, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Contact Us:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd
    Atlanta, GA 30333
  • 800-CDC-INFO
    TTY: (888) 232-6348
  • Contact CDC–INFO
  • Page last reviewed: April 24, 2009
  • Page last updated: February 1, 2013 The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC-INFO