The flu has become so common that we all know someone who has been affected. Seniors and small children are typically categorized as a high risk for developing flu-related complications. But those with Asthma are also considered high risk.
If you have asthma and catch the flu, the virus can affect your lungs, triggering asthma symptoms.
"Flu season has lasted longer than expected this year," states Dr. Levin. "People with asthma have a higher risk for a serious flare-up, which could lead to emergency attention or even hospitalization," he added.
Here's how to protect yourself and lessen the risk of catching the flu.
1. Get a Flu Shot.
If you haven't yet, call your local health clinic and get vaccinated. To ensure greater protection, advise your entire household to get the flu shot. Unfortunately, FluMist, the nasal flu vaccine, is not indicated in asthma due to risk of triggering asthma symptoms.
2. Practice Good Hygiene.
Taking preventative measures can help to stop the spread of the flu. Wash your hands, don't share eating utensils or cups, and keep your hands away from your face when you're in public areas.
3. Create an Action Plan.
In case you get sick, ask your doctor to help you make an action plan. Follow this plan for daily treatment to control asthma long-term and to handle worsening symptoms. If your child has asthma, make sure that his or her action plan is on file at school or at the daycare center.
Remember, your doctor is here to care for you. If you notice flu symptoms, call us right away. Your asthma may worsen and you will benefit from attentive treatment.