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Flu Tips for People with Asthma
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Leading asthma and allergy organization urges people with asthma to prepare themselves and their families against flu
Dec. 9, 2010, McLEAN, VA – Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), leading patient advocacy group for people with asthma and allergies, urges everyone with asthma and their family members (over 6 months of age) to get a flu shot.
“People with asthma are at high risk of developing complications from the flu, so it’s important to do everything possible to avoid getting sick,” explains Carol Jones, RN, AE-C. “That means getting everyone in the household (except babies under 6 months of age) vaccinated against flu every year. It takes up to 2 weeks for the vaccination to take full effect, so to protect your holidays, get your vaccinations today.”
”The flu shot is Step 1 in flu prevention,” agrees David Callahan, MD, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “This year’s flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: the 2009 H1N1 virus and two others expected to circulate. Everyone with asthma who is 6 months and older should get a flu vaccination, whether or not they got the H1N1 vaccine last year.”
CDC also says some children younger than 9 may need two doses of flu vaccine to be protected; and no one with asthma should receive the nasal spray vaccine (FluMist®).
Other tips for people with asthma:
Founded in 1985, Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics is the leading national nonprofit family organization dedicated to eliminating death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. AANMA’s core areas of expertise are education, advocacy and outreach. Visit www.aanma.org  or call 800-878-4403 for more.
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