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Children with asthma are more likely to develop pneumonia after getting sick with the flu than children who do not have asthma.

Parents of children with asthma are being urged to have them vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible.

Asthma is a disease of the airways, explains Dr Peter Anderson, president of the Queensland Asthma Foundation.

“It causes the airways to swell and become congested and people find it difficult to breathe so when they get the flu on top of that it makes it doubly serious and means they really struggle.”

Alarmingly, researchers found that a number of Australian parents did not have their kids vaccinated, claimed a Nine news report, despite the fact that this is one of the most effective forms of ensuring you do not contract the flu.

In 2016, the 0-5 age group had the second highest flu rate and children are more likely to contract influenza in any given season: 20-50% compared with 10-30% of adults.

The carers who responded to the survey were mainly people caring for children with asthma. They showed a high level of hospital attendance; 53% said the person they cared for attended an emergency department and 34% were admitted to hospital due to flu-exacerbated asthma.

However, 41% of carers stated that the person with asthma they cared for was not likely to be vaccinated against flu this year.

Everyone with asthma including all family members should be immunised against the flu.

The flu and other viral infections are the most common trigger for asthma flare-ups.

People with asthma who contract influenza are at higher risk of experiencing complications. These complications can include:

  • more severe asthma flare-ups,
  • pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infections,
  • days lost from work and school,
  • hospitalisation and even death.

Will your family be having the flu vaccine this year?

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  • i didn’t think about this factor triggering another factor but both issues should be taken seriously. you sure learn something new everyday

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  • Having read this I am so pleased that we have now had our flu injections for this year. Thanks for your post.

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  • People should take even the most simple cold seriously to avoid further complications developing.

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  • Good idea to be aware for kids

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  • It is a good idea for anyone in a high risk category to be protected.

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  • I guess that would make sense. Children with lung conditions more susceptible to chest infections. Great idea to vaccinate

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  • My youngest who has Down Syndrome is more prone to chest/lung infections and I get her the flu shot yearly indeed, just as precaution.

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  • As far as I know Flu shots aren’t available in Adelaide. I was told mid April and they already have a waiting list. Pharmacies started a month or more ago.

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  • I’ve seen the sniffles trigger an asthma attack in my son that was so bad it nearly killed him. We are big on flu shots in this house. Flu shots save lives. Your flu shot could save a family from losing a loved one. Get a damn flu shot.

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