Flu Shot Strategy

Along with other preventive measures, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) is now recommending that all children with asthma also be vaccinated annually against influenza preferably by the time flu season peaks in February.

The organization estimates that up to 78 percent of asthma hospitalizations and emergency room visits during flu season could be prevented through vaccination. Flu symptoms can be especially severe for children with asthma, and can exacerbate asthma symptoms. However, the AAAAI points to research that has shown that the flu shot can decrease risk of asthma exacerbations in kids by 22 percent to 41 percent.

- Christina Elston

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