Got Asthma? Here’s Why You Need a Flu Shot
Asthma treatments, such as inhalers, are only one part of your complete asthma management plan. Your asthma doctor will also help you learn how to prevent symptom flare-ups and complications. One important way to protect yourself is to get a flu shot at the start of every flu season. As a patient with asthma, you’re considered at a high risk of suffering from flu-related complications, including asthma attacks and pneumonia, which may require hospitalization.
Although the flu shot is the most effective way to prevent transmission of the flu, you should still take other precautions. Wash your hands often, and try to keep your distance from people who are sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes because doing so will transfer germs to the mucous membranes. If you do contract the flu, see your doctor or go to an urgent care clinic right away. Anti-viral medications can help lessen the symptoms.
At Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM, your health is our top priority. New and current patients can call 1(800)86-COUGH to request an appointment with an asthma doctor in Blue Bell, Center City, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Pottstown, King of Prussia, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania.