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ISDH: Flu Shots Especially Important For Those With Asthma

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The Indiana State Department of Health says it’s not too late in the season to get a flu vaccine, and the agency says it’s especially important for those with asthma.

People with asthma, a lung disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness or coughing, aren’t necessarily more susceptible to the influenza virus.

But, Shawn Richards, the outbreak Supervisor at the Indiana State Department of Health, says the flu can be far more serious for those people, even if their asthma is mild.

“And this is because people with asthma have those swollen and sensitive airways and influenza can cause further inflammation of the airways and of the lungs," she says.

Richards says people can get the vaccine throughout the flu season, which spans October through March. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become fully effective, so the sooner the better.

"So you can develop your immunity for the viruses that the scientists predict will be circulating this year," Richards says. “As long as the flu virus is circulating, you should be able to get your vaccine.”

According to the CDC, an estimated 429,000 Hoosiers report having asthma.

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