Several times we heard that flu vaccine is recommended if you have Asthma, but the people with asthma more likely they get flu vaccine side effects.
Flu can come quickly with varies symptoms include aching muscles, chills and sweats, and headache as well as a dry, cough. The flu vaccine becomes available just before the flu season starts – which is April to September in the Southern Hemisphere, October to April in the Northern Hemisphere, and throughout the year in the tropics.
It isn’t possible to predict the number of cases or the exact month when the flu season will hit in the UK. But the flu generally circulates during winter and peaks in December and January.
In general, people who has asthma they should get the flu vaccine, as according to the history of Guillain Barre syndrome, for many years ago there was also a misconception that people who have egg allergies should not get the flu vaccine but any longer now, talk with the doctor if you still thinking about this.
Difference between Asthma and the flu
In healthy people, flu usually clears up on its own within a week, but it can cause severe illness, complications and even death among vulnerable people – this includes older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition. These people are advised to have a flu vaccine each year.
Most asthmatics are entitled to a free flu jab on the NHS as they are classed as a vulnerable group – but not everyone takes up the offer. This is despite the fact that people with asthma – both adults and children – are more prone to develop pneumonia after the flu.
The reason why people with asthma show such a severe response to influenza is not fully understood. But the fact that the airways of people with asthma are different compared to the airways of healthy people, plays a big part.
Airways and asthma
As BioMed Central research has also shown that healthy people have “mechanisms” in their airway epithelium to protect it from damage by the flu virus. But in asthmatics, these protective measures against infection are weaker so the influenza virus can cause more damage to airway epithelium.
Making sure your family and friends of a person with asthma are vaccinated is helpful as well. And ask your doctor before you do anything.