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H1N1 AND ASTHMA: CHLDREN AND ADULTS AT HIGHER RISK OF SEVERE COMPLICATIONS
CDC advises extra vigilance for these patients
Fairfax, VA, Sept. 9, 2009 – Health experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are advising children and adults with asthma and other respiratory issues to take extra precautions against H1N1, also referred to as swine flu, and to see their healthcare providers as soon as possible if they experience flu-like symptoms.
Although those with asthma are not necessarily more susceptible to H1N1 flu, they are at increased risk of developing complications from the virus. As a result, prevention and preparation are essential.
“When you have asthma, the airways are already prone to inflammation,” said Nancy Sander, President and Founder of Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), the leading patient advocacy group for allergy and asthma. “Adding seasonal or H1N1 flu virus is like throwing fuel on the fire. That’s why it is important for children and adults with asthma to head into this season with well-controlled symptoms. For many, that means using a daily inhaled corticosteroid to reduce or prevent airway inflammation.”
CDC expects vaccinations for both seasonal and H1N1 flu to be available in the fall. “It’s important to get both the flu vaccine and the swine flu vaccine, both of which can help reduce asthma flares,” said Stuart Stoloff, MD, a family physician and clinical professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Carson City, NV, and Vice Chair of AANMA’s Board of Directors.
AANMA recommends people with asthma take the following steps to prepare for flu season:
AANMA provides guidance for people with asthma to prevent H1N1 on its website. Visit AANMA’s Pandemic Flu  section for:
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URLs in this post:
 National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/naepp/
 Pandemic Flu: http://www.aanma.org/health-topics/pandemic-flu/
 Important facts about H1N1 flu: http://www.aanma.org/health-topics/pandemic-flu/h1n1/
 A guide for families: http://www.aanma.org/health-topics/pandemic-flu/pandemic-flu-a-guide/
 Family Matters: Flu Preparedness at Home: http://www.aanma.org/health-topics/pandemic-flu/family-matters/
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