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4 Things You Must Know About the Flu If You Have Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Flu season is here and already making headlines. During the 2017-2018 flu season, it is estimated that more than 80,000 people died from the flu or flu complications . More than 900,000 were hospitalized. These numbers are the highest we've seen in decades. Everyone needs to take steps to protect themselves for this flu season now before it peaks, especially people with asthma . As you prepare to deal with co-workers who come to work sick, kids who bring illnesses home from school or germy...
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5 Reasons Why Children With Asthma Need Important Vaccines for the Back-to-School Season

AAFA Community Services ·
As you get ready to send your child with asthma back to school, add one more item to the top of your list: Get the flu and pneumococcal vaccines. If your child has asthma, they should get both the flu and pneumococcal vaccines. These shots can go a long way toward keeping your child healthy this school year.
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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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FDA Approves New Flu Treatment

AAFA Community Services ·
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza (flu) in patients 12 years of age and older who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours.
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FDA Warns of Fraudulent and Unapproved Flu Products

AAFA Community Services ·
As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers from health fraud, the agency is reminding consumers to be wary of unapproved products claiming to prevent, treat or cure influenza, or flu. This year’s severe flu season raises new concerns about the potential for consumers to be lured into buying unproven flu treatments, and even worse, buying counterfeit antivirals online from websites that appear to be legitimate online pharmacies.
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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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Pneumonia Vaccines Critical in Saving Lives During Flu Season

AAFA Community Services ·
Health risks from pneumonia are potentially more dangerous than those related to the flu, but large segments of the population aren't being vaccinated against it — even those at highest risk of contracting the disease. They include infants, the elderly and those with chronic respiratory problems like asthma. Streptococcus pneumoniae (“pneumococcus”) is the bacterium responsible for almost a million cases and more than 50,000 deaths from pneumonia every year — twice as many as the number of...
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Study Shows Anti-Viral Medicine Reduces Flu Symptoms in People With High-Risk Conditions, Like Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, today announced that the Phase III CAPSTONE-2 study assessing the safety and efficacy of baloxavir marboxil in people at high risk of complications from the flu met the study’s primary objective, and showed superior efficacy in the primary endpoint of time to improvement of influenza symptoms versus placebo.
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The Flu Is Serious Business

AAFA Community Services ·
Have you ever heard, “It’s just the flu”? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It’s more than “just” a minor illness, especially if you have asthma.
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What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

AAFA Community Services ·
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. It can also cause death in severe cases. The flu can affect your lungs when you have asthma. Having asthma puts you at risk of serious health problems from the flu. Take our survey.
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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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Re: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

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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Re: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

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: What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

uniquelyme2016 ·
Drink plenty of fluids..water water water and I highly recommend Emergenc
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Re: What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

K8sMom2002 ·
UniquelyMe, I really need to drink more water. I drink a lot of tea, but I'm not so good about water. How'd you first get in the habit of increasing your water intake?
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Re: What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

uniquelyme2016 ·
I like this question because I was not strong in this area for years. Water is so important but every time I drank it I was reminded of my childhood and how it was used to induce vomiting to bring up unpleasant fluids. Thus I detested water- Ok truth be told I hated it! It's not until I got married and watched my husband and step-son consume water like they were in a desert. They noticed the reverse with me and said that's not good--you need to flush your kidneys So I started a journey and I...
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Kathy P ·
Hugs uniquelyme I'm glad you were able to get past that and be able to drink a healthy amount of water.
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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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Jen ·
Hi @Anuj Das , Do you manage asthma?
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Re: The Flu Is Serious Business

Dalettre ·
I never get to October without the flu shot. I had the flu years ago, before my asthma was so bad. No fun!
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Re: The Flu Is Serious Business

Melissa G ·
Dina, that is great that you are proactive and get the flu shot early in the season!
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Deborah Bartlett ·
Good for you in being proactive! That is a good way to help manage asthma.
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Re: FDA Warns of Fraudulent and Unapproved Flu Products

gautam ·
Thank you very much On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 11:28 PM, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America < support@aafa.org> wrote:
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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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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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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

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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