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Are You at Risk for Pneumococcal Disease?

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Take our survey and tell us what you know about pneumococcal disease: Download our handout: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid Pneumococcal Disease
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FDA Approves First Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Containing an Adjuvant

AAFA Community Services ·
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Fluad, the first seasonal influenza vaccine containing an adjuvant.
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People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

AAFA Community Services ·
The flu can be dangerous for anyone, but those with asthma are at risk of complications if they get the flu. These extra steps can help you avoid the flu and prevent problems.
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Survey Results: Are You at Risk for Pneumococcal Disease?

AAFA Community Services ·
Recently, we asked you to tell us what you know about pneumococcal [noo-muh-kok-uhl] disease. The results are in. Even though about 50,000 people die each year from pneumococcal disease, only 50 percent of survey respondents know what it is. Only 29 percent know if they have gotten the vaccine.
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The Tools You Need to Send Your Child With Asthma Back to School

AAFA Community Services ·
It’s time for a new school year, which means it’s time to make sure you have everything in place to help your child with asthma have a safe and successful year. As you gather book bags, lunch boxes and supplies for the new school year, check out these resources from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). We have helpful forms, free downloads and information on keeping your child healthy.
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What Will You Do to Help Protect People With Asthma From the Flu?

AAFA Community Services ·
The team at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently got our flu shots. Have you gotten yours?
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William ·
I take prednisone. The warnings included with prednisone caution about live vaccines: " Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using this medicine. Prednisone may increase your risk of harmful effects from a live vaccine. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), rotavirus, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), zoster (shingles), and nasal flu (influenza) vaccine." Perhaps I should avoid the flu shot ?
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K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, William! I would talk to your doctor about receiving the flu shot. I know my doctor encourages me to get a flu shot every year. You can get a flu vaccine that is NOT live. Here's what the CDC says about the flu vaccine :
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Kathy P ·
Hi @William - it's the Flumist nasal flu vaccine that has the live virus. The flu shots do not. It's always good to discuss with your own doctor what treatment is best for you. Are you always on Prednisone? Or just when you have an asthma flare?
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William ·
Up until 2 weeks ago, I took prednisone only for a cold or flu symptoms . Also I had started on Stiolto 3 months ago, replacing Alvesco and Spiriva. My doctor recommended the change. I should have researched it. I had used Symbicort, then Advair, then Breo all with the same results: quite pronounced chest pains after a few weeks on the new med. The first time resulted in extensive testing, focusing on potential heart problems, but with numerous other tests for physical, chemical, even...
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William ·
Thank you, Kathy P for the heads up on flu vaccine. Very informative.
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K8sMom2002 ·
William, that's a tough road you've had to travel to figure out what was causing the chest pains. Here's hoping that your doctor can help you figure out the next step. In the meantime, feel free to post a new topic or join in on our online support community.
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K8sMom2002 ·
Why not share your situation on our Asthma Support Forum so you can get more feedback from other folks in a similar situation? If you're on desktop view, just follow the link above, and click on the big green POST. On mobile, click the three horizontal lines in the upper left hand corner, and you'll see POST. Click that, and you'll be able to type your comment as a new post.
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Re: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

Venkata Aspari ·
"Have family members without asthma get the flu shot to protect those that do have asthma". Why? Isn't it enough that the person(s) with asthma get the flu shots?
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Jen ·
Hi @Venkata Aspari , Welcome to AAFA's support community. It is important for all family members to be vaccinated so as not to bring flu into the home and potentially cause those with asthma to get sick. The flu can be accompanied by other illnesses, such as pneumonia, so even if someone is vaccinated, they could still get sick from others in their house who have the flu/other contagious illnesses. If everyone in the home is vaccinated, there is less risk of bringing other illnesses into the...
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K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, @Venkata Aspari and welcome! Everyone in my family gets a flu shot -- that way everyone is protected from the flu.
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Venkata Aspari ·
Thank you for the welcome and the response. I understand that flu vaccine protects. My question was: if the asthmatic person gets the shot then he/she is protected. How will the vaccination status of others in the family affect the asthmatic? But Jen did answer saying there are other flu-related illnesses like pneumonia which could be passed on even if flu itself could be avoided.
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Venkata Aspari ·
Thank you, that helps.
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K8sMom2002 ·
Yes, Jen's exactly right. Plus, the Centers for Disease Control says this about who should get the flu shot: My DH isn't a fan of shots, but he gets his shot every year to help protect me and our daughter -- side benefit is that he hasn't gotten the flu himself since he started getting an annual flu shot. Could you talk to your doctor about what your doctor's recommendation is for flu shots when it comes to your particular family? Your doctor will know your situation best.
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Jen ·
@William How are things going with your medications? Were you able to find one that works without the side effects?
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Re: Are You at Risk for Pneumococcal Disease?

Pam s ·
Anyone on the cinqair IV infusion?
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Re: Are You at Risk for Pneumococcal Disease?

K8sMom2002 ·
Pam S, welcome ... and I see you've made it to our community forums -- that's great!
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Re: Flu Facts: Flu Vaccine and Asthma

Anuj Das ·
Its very imprtant for patient like mee
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Re: Flu Facts: Flu Vaccine and Asthma

Anuj Das ·
Its very imprtant for patient like mee
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Re: Flu Facts: Flu Vaccine and Asthma

Jen ·
Hi @Anuj Das , Do you manage asthma?
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Everyone Needs a Flu Vaccine

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Everyone Needs a Flu Vaccine
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Flu Facts: Flu Vaccine and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Fall brings us cooler weather, colorful trees and harvest fairs and festivals. But it also brings us the beginning of flu season. Since the flu season lasts from about October to May – and peaks between December to February – you need to do all you can to protect yourself against the flu, especially if you have asthma. But many people avoid the flu vaccine because they have some concerns about the safety of the vaccine or need for the vaccine.
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AAFA’s Medical Scientific Council Shares Statement on Early Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Questions for People With Allergies

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"Recent media reports of reactions to the new Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, first out of the U.K. and now one report in the United States are stirring safety concerns for people with a history of serious allergies. It’s important to remember that we still don’t have the full details regarding the specifics of any of these reported reactions. Allergists, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are all keeping an eye on these...
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Town Hall: Black Americans and the COVID-19 Vaccine

AAFA Community Services ·
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Black Americans hard. According to The COVID Racial Data Tracker , the COVID death rate of Black Americans is 1.5 times that of white people. We now have two COVID-19 vaccines , with more on the way. While the vaccines offer hope overall, they raise other concerns. Many Black Americans may not be able to get it. Or they may choose to not to get it. The National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) held a virtual town hall on Jan. 25, 2021, to examine barriers that may...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

AAFA Community Services ·
We have updated this blog post to reflect more recent information on the 2019 new coronavirus (COVID-19). Even though coronavirus numbers have risen worldwide, people in the U.S. are still at a greater risk of getting the flu. Keep washing your hands and avoiding people who are sick. And don't forget to follow your Asthma Action Plan if you start feeling ill.
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Azmtick ·
I have intermittent asthma. I usually manage my symptoms (wheezing during the pollen season) with antihistamines and sometimes the Ventolin inhaler. I had an attack about a month ago and the last time before that was 10 years ago. For the most recent attack, I was prescribed Deltacortril for five days, and they certainly sorted the problem. The doctor also suggested I take a preventive inhaler to keep the asthma at bay. However, I read on the internet that the preventive inhaler which...
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Kathy P ·
Hi @Azmtick - those are all great questions! Many long-term controller or preventative medicine inhalers do contain an inhaled corticosteroid. These prevent and reduce airway swelling. They also reduce mucus in the lungs. They are the most effective long-term control medicines available. It's important to keep taking your controller medicine even when you don't have symptoms because they prevent asthma symptoms. Stopping your controller medicine may increase your asthma symptoms and the risk...
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Azmtick ·
Thanks Kathy P. That's very useful advice.
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

I Am Curious ·
I can't find any information anywhere about patients with asthma (specifically) and COVID-19 mortality rates. I am a relatively healthy individual with mild but persistent allergy triggered asthma. My singulair seems to keep it under control. I've had the flu twice this season (different strains) with no complications. But, I am curious, so these are my questions: I've heard that the jury is still out on what exactly causes respiratory complications from viruses in people with asthma. Some...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Melanie Carver ·
Hello @I Am Curious , I am happy to hear you weathered two different flu virus strains this year without complications! Most healthy people recover from flu without complications (and is what is being seen in coronavirus COVID-19 as well). But when you have asthma, it can put you at higher risk because asthmatic lungs already have swelling. When you have a respiratory infection, your immune system responds by creating more mucus and releasing substances from your cells to fight the virus or...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

AAFA Community Services ·
Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network February 28, 2020, 1505 ET (3:05 PM ET) Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. This CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update provides updated guidance on evaluating and testing persons under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19. It supersedes...
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goodbyelizajane ·
I’m not sure the flu comparison is terribly helpful here. There is a flu vaccine which at least keeps some types of flu at bay, if not all. Despite the fact that we are generally familiar with coronaviruses, there is much we still don’t know about this one. For example, there seem to be indicators that people are spreading the virus while asymptomatic, but no one is sure how. If this is indeed the case, then that makes infection control much more difficult. I’m worried about my baby. She’s...
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goodbyelizajane ·
Sorry, my baby didn’t have flu. RSV-induced bronchiolitis with pneumonia. Thankfully we’ve avoided flu so far.
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Tracey Bernett ·
Both my young adult kids have Flu- and cold-virus induced asthma. One of them is on the other side of the country at college. What do we know about the risk of Covid-19 with patients with this type of asthma? They both had their flu shots last fall. Should we be stocking up on anti-viral medication or Prednisone? The anti-viral medication really helped reduce the symptoms my son experienced in years past when he got the flu (which he got despite getting the flu vaccination).
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Evita ·
I just read an article today that stated do not take steroids for the corona virus. It makes it worse. 1. is this true? 2. nebulizers and rescue inhalers are essentially steroidal. Does this also apply to them? 3. should we try to avoid using this if we contract the virus?
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Kathy P ·
Welcome Evita - those are all great questions! We are currently working with our medical scientific council to update the blog based on the lastest information known about the virus.
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Melanie Carver ·
Thank you all for submitting your questions! We are working on updating our blog above with updated numbers and recommendations. We have also sent a list of questions to our Medical Scientific Council and will share the information as soon as we hear back from the council. Stay safe and keep washing your hands!
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CoachBW ·
We need a practical article that will be radically honest and realistic about how to survive this as immune-compromised people. What concrete steps should we take WHEN (not “if”) this virus spreads to our community? For example, I am doing the following: procuring an N95 mask to use in public when the virus becomes pervasive; filling all prescriptions I may need if I get sick (inhalers, prednisone, etc.); getting the pneumonia vaccine to prevent the secondary infection if I can; stocking up...
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Kathy P ·
Welcome CoachBW - we are working on getting the blog updated and have asked our medical advisors specific questions. Your plan follows many of the CDC recommendations for how to prepare your household for a possible COVID-19 outbreak . One reminder about masks is that they are most effective when worn by someone who is sick to prevent the spread of the virus through cough droplets. In general, masks don't provide much protection to someone who is not sick. You'd have to be directly...
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MikeD ·
I absolutely agree with you CoachBW. I've been all around the internet looking for solid advise. I thought this would be one place where i could get some specific advice. Hoping better answers come sooner than later.
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Candace ·
The title of your article is misleading; there is no information in your article specific to people suffering from asthma. Contracting coronavirus and having asthma as an underlying condition has been highly publicized as leading to critical health issues or fatalities. Your article offers nothing specific to asthma. You should consider changing the article title to: Coronavirus: What You Need to Know, since the content is general information for the public, until you actually have content...
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Aetzel Griffioen ·
Thank you for updating your article with specific advice regarding yesterday's comments placed below.
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Lorene ·
You are welcome, Aetzel. Thank you for your patience while we continue to update the article as more information is made available. Lorene
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I Am Curious ·
Thank you for the updates! Super helpful! I just wanted to point out that the one study that found no to link to increased risk of complications in persons with asthma also didn't study anyone with asthma. Ie none of the 140 had (or knew they had) asthma. I think that's an important detail. The wording of the study itself, concerning asthma and allergic diseases, is misleading until you read the whole thing. Two patients had COPD and they both had grim outcomes. Take what you want from that,...
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MikeD ·
Absolutely agree with you on this. That study is not particularly helpful and I’m unclear ho they came to the conclusion they did without the direct study of asthmatics. It’s hard not to panic.
 
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