Flu Fighter: JoJo O'Neal
Meet flu fighter JoJo O’Neal, a radio host in Orlando. Diagnosed with asthma in 2004, her mission is to educate people about asthma and help patients learn how to breathe and live better with the condition, which includes getting an annual flu vaccine. In 2018, flu knocked her out of action twice in one year, and she learned that asthma and flu can be a dangerous combination. Now JoJo is working with the American Lung Association as a spokesperson for the MyShot campaignexternal icon, educating adults 50 years of age and older about the importance of an annual flu vaccine.
- How has flu impacted you personally? Why do you fight flu?
I fight flu not only to help protect myself, but to help protect those around me.
- How do you fight flu?
I fight flu by prioritizing getting my annual flu shot, because my health decisions impact those around me. As a radio personality, I share my story with my listeners and encourage them to get their flu shots.
- What would you say to those who are hesitant about getting a flu vaccine?
If you are hesitant to get your flu vaccine, talk to your health care provider. I share my story as part of the American Lung Association’s MyShot campaign, which also has helpful information and tips for talking to your health care provider and finding a flu shot at GetMyShot.orgexternal icon.
- What do you want others to learn from your experience with flu?
The flu can knock you out and put your life on hold, especially if you are 50 years of age and older and have a chronic health condition. Talk to your health care provider about your flu vaccine options and prioritize vaccination every year.
Hear more about JoJo’s story in a video from the American Lung Association
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