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What can I do to prevent sickness if I have asthma?

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You can do a few things to prevent infections that can trigger asthma symptoms:

�Wash your hands often to get rid of germs that linger on your hands.

�Get a flu shot every year, and ask your doctor about the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine.

�Be aware of the symptoms of a sinus infection and call your doctor right away if you notice them.

�Don't let others use your asthma drugs or equipment, including your asthma inhaler, asthma nebulizer, and nebulizer tubing and mouthpiece.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu." National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Asthma Patients Urged to Get Flu Vaccine" and "Respiratory Viruses Can Trigger Asthma Attacks." Mayo Clinic: "Asthma: Cold and Flu Action Plan." American Academy of Family Physicians: "The Flu."


Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 23, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu." National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Asthma Patients Urged to Get Flu Vaccine" and "Respiratory Viruses Can Trigger Asthma Attacks." Mayo Clinic: "Asthma: Cold and Flu Action Plan." American Academy of Family Physicians: "The Flu."


Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 23, 2018

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