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Health Tip: Warding Off the Flu When You Have Asthma

Protect yourself from complications

(HealthDay News) -- People with asthma are at greater risk of flu-related complications. So what can they do?

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America advises:

  • Get the annual flu shot. Opt for the shot rather than the nasal spray.
  • Encourage everyone in the family to get the flu shot, to help protect the person with asthma.
  • Wash your hands frequently and stay away from people who are sick. Don't share food, drinks or utensils.
  • Call your doctor right away if you develop flu symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills, sore throat, headache or fatigue.

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