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Flu Shots can Decrease Likelihood of Asthma Attacks

separator Upper respiratory infections, a common result of the flu, can play a strong role in the development of a serious asthma attack. Despite this, only about a third of the people who have asthma receive annual flu shots. And only one in five of people aged 18 to 49 get the shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all people who have asthma get vaccinated for the flu each year.

Medicare covers flu shots for people 65 and older. Those under 65 who want a flu shot can check whether their insurance will cover the cost or whether they have to pay out of pocket.

Chest, September 2003
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