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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.
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.
Information about the danger of the flu and recommendations for flu vaccination for children and their contacts.
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.
- Page last reviewed: April 24, 2009
- Page last updated: February 1, 2013
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