Anyone who suffers from asthma would be well aware of the distress caused by viral respiratory infections that trigger asthma attacks.
The ensuing monsoon season that brings a seasonal infection can put people with asthma at risk. Up to 80% of acute exacerbations of asthma are caused by viral respiratory infections, with the flu being the main cause.
The monsoon in India heralds the start of the flu season and vaccination is the most effective mechanism for dealing with the risk. Flu shots should be taken every year as the circulating virus strains change every year. A flu shot is advised for children as young as 6 months old, and it is very important for adults to get one every year, especially those living with co-morbidities such as diabetes and asthma.
Medical experts around the world have issued warnings and advisories citing viral infection as the most common cause of severe asthma attacks in children and adults. People already dealing with asthma are at greater risk of experiencing or causing their illness and worsening asthma symptoms. Asthma is a lung disease caused by chronic inflammation (swelling) of the airways. It is one of the most common long-term illnesses in children, but adults can also have asthma. Asthma attacks occur when the airways of the lungs become swollen and tightened due to inflammation of the airways. Asthma attacks can be caused by “triggers” such as respiratory infections, allergy particles, chemical irritants and air pollution.
“A large part of the Indian population is infected with the flu. Children and people over 60 or patients with comorbidities are most vulnerable to flu complications. According to research, flu-related respiratory infections are the leading cause of death in children under the age of five.” said Dr Jaydeep Chaudhry, Pediatrician, Kolkata
He adds: “Following hygiene procedures such as masking and sanitizing and enforcing vaccine protocols can be helpful. As a result, immunization can significantly reduce the risk of getting the flu.”
Flu vaccination is crucial for people with asthma because they are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications. Influenza is known to be the leading cause of the exacerbation of complications and mortality in asthmatics. Doctor’s advice that annual vaccination remains the ideal strategy to combat the harmful effects of flu on asthma patients, along with daily preventive measures that doctors recommend everyone, including avoiding sick people, covering up coughs and washing hands often.
Not just the evolution of the virus, immunity declines over the course of a year, so annual vaccination is necessary to ensure the best possible protection against flu. Research shows that a flu vaccine that protects against flu viruses is the most common in the coming season.
To learn more about the flu and its vaccination, visit Protection Beyond Flu or see a doctor by making an appointment. Here
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