- Adults with asthma should get vaccinated for the seasonal flu: Respiratory infections like influenza are more serious in patients with asthma, and such infections can often lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.
- Children with asthma aged 6 months to 8 years who never have had a seasonal flu shot will need two doses the first time. Children who have had a seasonal flu shot in the past only need one shot. Persons with asthma should not use the inhaled “FluMist®” vaccine.
- Children with asthma older than 6 months should get the 2009 H1N1 flu shot when it becomes available. The 2009 H1N1 flu shot is not the same as the shot for seasonal flu.
- Listen to the podcast "Your Child with Asthma Needs a Flu Shot!" from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Click for CDC asthma information for patients and parents of patients.
- Click for CDC information on vaccination.
- Go to: www.flu.gov for more information on the flu.
- Also, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services site, TexasFlu.org, for information and educational materials on the flu in Texas. Bookmark us. Sign up to receive Twitter and e-mail notices when information is posted.
Last Updated October 22, 2009