The Flu and People With Asthma

Is an influenza vaccination recommended if you have asthma? People with asthma aren’t more likely to get the flu, but influenza (flu) can be more serious for them, even if their asthma is mild or their symptoms are well-controlled by medication. This is because people with asthma have swollen and sensitive airways, and influenza can cause further inflammation of the airways and lungs. Click here for more.

Influenza infection in the lungs can trigger asthma attacks and a worsening of asthma symptoms. It can also lead to pneumonia and other acute respiratory diseases.

In fact, adults and children with asthma are more likely to develop pneumonia after getting sick with the flu than people who don’t have asthma.

Asthma is the most common medical condition among adults and kids hospitalized with the flu.

If you have asthma, you need to take steps to fight the flu:

Vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. Even if you don’t have a regular doctor or nurse, you can get an influenza vaccination.

Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctors’ offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies, college health centers and increasingly by a number of employers and public schools.