Asthma and Influenza (Flu)
Do you have asthma? You need a flu shot!
The flu can make asthma worse. It can lead to asthma attacks, put you in the hospital and even kill. There is a simple way to prevent these problems—get a flu shot every year.
All adults and children six months of age and older with chronic conditions, such as asthma, should receive the influenza vaccine every year, according to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). But only about one in three people with asthma receive a flu shot, according to the National Health Information Survey.
Learn more about flu and asthma here and ask your health care provider to make sure to give you your flu vaccine every year.
People with Asthma: Information on Asthma and Influenza (Flu)
Everyone with asthma needs a flu shot!
Asthma and Influenza Brochure for People with Asthma:
This brochure answers these questions: What is asthma?; What is flu?; Is the flu shot safe?; Do I need to get a flu shot every year?; Should my family get a flu shot too?; and, Where do I get a flu shot?
- Spanish (PDF, 1.5MB, 2pg.)
- Russian (PDF, 1.5MB, 2pg.)
- Haitian/Creole (PDF, 1.5MB, 2pg.)
- Chinese (PDF, 1.5MB, 2pg.)
Resources for all NYS Residents:
For information on asthma:
For information about the flu:
Additional Resources for NYC Residents:
For information about asthma:
For information about the flu:
Where to get a Flu Shot in New York
For all NYS Residents
For information about where you can get the flu shot:
- Telephone: 1-800-342-9871 (M-F 8AM-4PM)
- Visit the Office for the Aging flu clinic locator
- Visit the American Lung Association flu clinic locator
For NYC Residents
For information about where you can get the flu shot in New York City:
- Telephone (within NYC): 311
Health Care Providers: Information on Asthma and Influenza
Health care providers can help increase influenza vaccination rates in adults and children with asthma.
Fast Facts for Health Care Providers
This fact sheet is a quick reference on asthma and influenza vaccination based on the most current recommendations.
For more information about the 2008 Recommendations for the Prevention and Control Influenza please visit:
- Prevention and Control of Influenza, Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2008
- MMWR, Early Release, July 17, 2008, Vol.57; 1-60 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr57e717a1.htm
- MMWR, Early Release, July 17, 2008, Vol.57; 1-60, PDF http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr57e717.pdf
- MMWR, Recommendations and Reports, August 8, 2008, 57(RR07); 1-60 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5707a1.htm?s_cid=rr5707a1_e
- MMWR, Recommendations and Reports, August 8, 2008, 57(RR07); 1-60 PDF http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr5707.pdf
For more information on how to implement these recommendations into your practice please visit:
Have asthma? You need a Flu Shot Poster
Download this poster to put in provider offices and other locations to remind those with asthma that they need a flu shot.
- Download the "Have asthma? You need a Flu Shot Poster" (PDF, 2MB, 1pg.)
Have asthma? You need a Flu Shot radio Public Service Announcement
This Public Service Announcement (PSA) can be used in local communities to remind people with asthma to get a flu shot.