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

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With asthma, any respiratory infection, including the flu, can affect your lungs. It can cause inflammation and make your airways more narrow.

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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