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AAFA recently hosted a Twitter chat to share tips about how to prevent getting sick during cold and flu season when you have asthma – as well as what to do if you get sick.

Two of the most important things you can do to stay healthy are:

  • Get a flu shot
  • Wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face, so you are not infected.

If you do fall ill, stay on top of your asthma action plan and call your doctor. You can download an asthma action plan from Get Smart About Asthma. This educational website includes videos, toolkits and more to help everyone in your home with asthma stay healthy.

You can see all of the Twitter tips and learn more about staying healthy this cold and flu season with asthma here.

Get Smart About Asthma is brought to you in partnership with Teva Respiratory

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Gloria, I am so glad to hear that you got both the flu vaccine and the pneumonia vaccine -- it really worried me that you had been unprotected in the past! I'm glad you followed up with your doctor and she in turn sent you to specialists so you could get properly cleared.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure -- as I'm sure you already know, having been down that road before!


I have a neurological condition that I was always told precluded me from getting a flu shot. Last year I became very ill with bronchitis and now I suffer from adult onset asthma. This year I really feared going through the flu season. I leaned on my PCP to get me some help in dealing with this. She sent me to a neurologist for clearance to get flu and pneumonia vaccines. The neurologist researched and then said that although I might have a slight chance of having further neurological problems from the vaccines, the chances of me having serious problems because of being unvaccinated were far more probable. I got both vaccinations! Whew! It's great to have a little less to worry about!

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