Flu & Asthma Resources
During cold and flu season, people who suffer from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may find that their symptoms worsen, leading to an increase in their level of respiratory distress. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with asthma and COPD can get seriously ill with 2009 H1N1 influenza virus (sometimes called swine flu). This year, it is even more important that patients and caregivers learn how to protect themselves, as well as their children with asthma, and know what to do if they experience cold and flu symptoms. We've made a short video about several ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones this cold and flu season.
The following Asthma/COPD Survival Kit brings helpful resources together in one place to help you and your loved ones get through the 2009 2010 cold and flu season. Also, remember to sign up for email alerts about managing asthma and COPD during the cold and flu season.
Asthma/COPD Survival Kit for Cold & Flu Season:
Cold & Flu Tips:
- Get a flu shot
- Take your controller medication as prescribed
- Make sure your rescue medication has not expired
- Practice good hygiene and take everyday steps to protect your health
- See your doctor immediately if you think you have the flu
Key Questions to Ask your Healthcare Provider
If you are experiencing symptoms related to obstructive airway disease, such as wheezing and shortness of breath, you may have asthma or COPD.
Patients and caregivers can use the following key questions about cold and flu when visiting their healthcare provider. These questions will help you learn how to control your asthma/COPD and how to prepare for potential serious respiratory conditions associated with the cold and flu season:
- As an asthma/COPD patient, what can I do to help protect myself during the cold and flu season?
- Do I have the medications I need (i.e., controller and rescue inhalers) to properly treat my symptoms during cold and flu season?
- What are the differences between the various types of controller (inhaled corticosteroids) and rescue inhalers (short-acting beta agonists [SABA] like albuterol)?