KEEP ASTHMA PATIENTS SAFE
Recommend the flu vaccine
Influenza is dangerous for asthma patients. With their immune systems already weakened, they’re more likely to experience severe complications. Children with asthma are particularly vulnerable. They lack prior immunity and are exposed to the virus more frequently.
If that wasn’t enough, the influenza virus is also an asthma trigger. It may lead to coughing and wheezing or, worse still, an asthma attack and a trip to hospital. For children, influenza may be responsible for almost a quarter of asthma attacks during the peak influenza season.
Our role is to help people stay healthy. By recommending immunisation, we can help people with asthma stay well and free of their symptoms. The influenza vaccine is safe and it works well. It prevents influenza infection and the severe asthma attacks it can trigger.
But only 40% of asthma patients get immunised each year. They simply don’t recognise the danger. By motiving them to get immunised, you could help reduce influenza- and asthma-related doctor and hospital visits, and, most importantly, untimely deaths.
Keep asthmatic patients safe. Recommend influenza immunisation.
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Never underestimate the power of small things. Getting the flu vaccine only takes a few seconds, yet it has a big impact. When you get immunized, you aren’t only protecting yourself, you’re also protecting those you care for.

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