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FDA Approves First Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Containing an Adjuvant

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Fluad, the first seasonal influenza vaccine containing an adjuvant.
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Everyone Needs a Flu Vaccine

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Everyone Needs a Flu Vaccine
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Pneumonia Vaccines Critical in Saving Lives During Flu Season

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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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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?

uniquelyme2016 ·
K8sMom2002 posted: 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? 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...
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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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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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What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

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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 do you do to protect yourself and others from the flu?

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Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. What do you do to protect yourself and others from the flu?
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5 Reasons Why Children With Asthma Need Important Vaccines for the Back-to-School Season

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

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

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

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 : Flu vaccines that are administered with a needle are currently made in two ways: the vaccine is made either with a) flu vaccine viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and are therefore not infectious, or b) with no flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the case for...
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Re: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

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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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

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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