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People with Asthma Need Yearly Flu Shot

Getting the flu can be serious business for people with asthma. The flu can leave you susceptible to serious illnesses, such as pneumonia. That’s why it’s important to take steps to prevent it.

The good news is that you can help prevent the flu. Here's how:

  • Get a flu shot every year.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Stay away from people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since germs spread this way. 

The ideal time to get the flu shot is as soon as it is available each fall. Then the vaccine can protect you during the height of flu season between December and March. Call your doctor to schedule your shot in advance. When you call the office, remind them that you have asthma. If vaccine supplies run low, people with asthma and other chronic health problems get priority.

Do not get the flu nasal spray vaccine. It could trigger an asthma attack.

You will need a flu shot every year. This is because there are different strains of flu viruses that vary from year to year. Scientists update the vaccine each year to fight off the strains experts think will be the most common and serious.

Even with a flu shot, you may still get the flu, but your symptoms won’t be as bad and you will recover more quickly.

Getting a flu shot every year is vital to help protect your health.