The COVID-19 outbreak makes the influenza vaccination more important than ever for the 2.7 million Australians with asthma.
The National Asthma Council Australia is urging health professionals to speak with their asthma patients about getting vaccinated and ensure they are managing their asthma optimally.
National Asthma Council CEO Siobhan Brophy says seasonal viral respiratory infections are among the most common triggers for flare-ups, including potentially serious acute asthma, in adults and children.
“Receiving a vaccination in April, ahead of the peak influenza period, will help protect your patients’ health,” Ms Brophy says.
“It’s especially important for more vulnerable groups, such as those over 65 years, who may be more severely impacted by the flu."
Ms Brophy says while we are still learning about how COVID-19 affects people with asthma, previous experience suggests that people with asthma are likely to be at more risk if they contract the disease.
“It's crucial for patients with asthma to maintain good asthma control and follow the advice from health authorities, so they are ready as the virus spreads,” Ms Brophy says.
The National Asthma Council Australia has developed information in the Australian Asthma Handbook on managing asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key recommendations include:
Refer to the Australian Asthma Handbook for full details.
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