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What should I do if I have asthma and get the flu?

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If you have symptoms of flu, call your doctor right away for advice on how to keep your asthma symptoms from getting worse. Your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medicine to help with your flu symptoms and make changes to your asthma action plan.

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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