Charleston Allergy and Asthma Doctor | How the Flu Vaccine Affects Asthma

Charleston Allergy and Asthma Doctor | Fall and back to school season is also the beginning of influenza season, and you’ve probably seen plenty of commercials and posters everywhere recommending that you get a flu shot. If you’re someone with severe asthma however, you have to consider whether certain medications and shots will be safe for you. Getting the flu can be ten times worse for someone with asthma compared to someone without, and you may be worried that the flu shot will cause you to get the flu and be super sick. Consult with your Charleston allergy and asthma doctor before you get a flu shot, but in the meantime, here are a few things you should know.

1. The Flu Shot is Safe for People with Asthma- Most people do not have adverse reactions to the flu shot and having asthma doesn’t put you at a greater risk of getting an adverse effect or slight flu symptoms. However, the flu shot can be lifesaving for people with asthma because getting the flu when you have an inflamed airway can lead to pneumonia, bronchitis, or severe infections. The flu shot will help protect asthma suffers from severe flu.

2. Nasal Vaccine- The nasal flu vaccine is not recommended for children between two and four years old who have asthma or who have been wheezing in the last year. Children over five years old should consult with their Charleston allergy and asthma doctor being taking a nasal flu vaccine.

3. Will Flu Shot Make You Sick? – The flu shot has inactivated, or dead, viruses in it; therefore, the flu vaccine being able to give you the flu or make you sick is a myth. You cannot become ill from inactivated viruses. If you get the flu after receiving the flu shot it is most likely because you had the infection before getting the shot and were not presenting symptoms yet. You also might catch a strain of the flu that is not protected against in your vaccine.

If you have questions about the flu vaccine and your asthma, call your Charleston allergy and asthma doctor at National Allergy & ENT today at 843-285-6578.