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Why is it bad for people with asthma to get the flu?

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People with lung problems, including those with asthma, are at higher risk of respiratory problems associated with flu. A flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu and subsequent respiratory problems associated with it, including a worsening of asthma symptoms.

From: Asthma and Flu WebMD Medical Reference

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 William Blahd on January 3, 2017

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 William Blahd on January 3, 2017

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