Asthma and Influenza (Flu)

Do you have asthma? You need a flu shot.

The flu can make asthma worse. It can lead to asthma attacks, put you in the hospital and even cause death. To protect yourself—get a flu shot every year.

All adults and children six months of age and older with chronic conditions, such as asthma, should receive the influenza vaccine every year, according to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). But only about one in three people with asthma receive a flu shot, according to the National Health Information Survey.

What you should know about the flu: Learn more about the flu and asthma here and talk to your health care provider about getting your flu vaccine every year.

Season flu information including updates, surveillance and other news is also available.

People with Asthma: Information on Asthma and Influenza (Flu)

Everyone with asthma needs a flu shot!

This asthma and influenza fact sheet helps people with asthma and their families understand common questions about the flu.

To learn more information about asthma, go to the New York State Department of Health asthma homepage.

Where to get a flu shot in New York

To find flu vaccine clinics in New York State:

Health Care Providers

Health care providers can help increase influenza vaccination rates in adults and children with asthma, see the Seasonal Influenza Information for Health Care Providers page for more information.

Public Announcements

Download these posters to put in provider offices and other locations to remind those with asthma that they need a flu shot.

This Public Service Announcement (PSA) can be used in local communities to remind people with asthma to get a flu shot.