H1N1 and Asthma: A Scary Combination


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Of the adults and children who have been hospitalized for H1N1 ( the swine flu), nearly one-third have asthma. That might be scary news if you or your children have this chronic lung condition. But there's no reason to panic. Here's what you can do instead...


According to Health.com, there are three precautions people with asthma can take to protect themselves from H1N1:

1. Take your asthma medicine—EVERY DAY! It's easy to skip a dose if you aren't having asthma symptoms. But taking your asthma medication as directed is important in protecting the lungs from triggers such as infections, especially now with the threat of H1N1.

2. Get vaccinated. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people with asthma get the H1N1 vaccine shot (when it become available) because they are high-risk. According to the CDC, the vaccine administered as a shot is safer for asthmatics than the nasal spray version.

3. Get treatment immediately if you become sick. If you do have asthma and get sick with H1N1 symptoms, call your health care provider. Get help sooner rather than later.

Do you have asthma? Are you taking any special precautions to protect against H1N1?


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