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It’s Flu Vaccine Time!
Persons with asthma are at higher risk for influenza-related complications, such as pneumonia. Most people with asthma do not receive an annual flu vaccination, even though they are at high risk of developing complications after contracting the influenza virus. Most people now have access to free flu vaccines through their health insurance plans or through their local health departments. Low cost vaccines are available at many pharmacies in the fall and winter. Health care providers need to explain flu risks to their patients with asthma and offer the vaccination to them every year. People with asthma need to take charge of their health by getting the flu vaccine every fall. If you have asthma or know someone with asthma, help them get their flu vaccine. And you can help by getting one yourself!
CDC guidance on asthma and the flu vaccine: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/asthma/
Download a fact sheet: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/treating_flu.pdf
Welcome to the Texas Asthma Control Program (TACP)
|| The TACP is located within the Chronic Disease Branch, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). It is supported by a Cooperative Agreement, Addressing Asthma from a Public Health Perspective with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In collaboration with other state organizations and community partners, the TACP strives to improve the quality of life for Texans living with asthma. Activities include conducting asthma surveillance, supporting and promoting state and local partnerships, promoting policies that address and improve asthma outcomes, funding effective interventions that increase asthma self-management and reduce the burden of asthma in Texas, and evaluating activities to guide the use of program resources and interventions.
TACP - Mission
Reduce the severity of asthma symptoms
Decrease preventable asthma morbidity
Decrease the number of emergency department hospital visits and deaths due to asthma in Texas
Improve the quality of life for Texans living with asthma
Many individuals and organizations in Texas are committed to ensuring proper asthma care and management for our population, have worked for many years and continue to work to prevent and reduce poor outcomes and improve the quality of life for Texans with asthma. Our appreciation and recognition is extended to the many asthma champions in Texas, who helped develop and implement the Texas Asthma Plan.
Texas Asthma Control Program
Texas Department of State Health Services
PO Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
Email the Asthma Program