In people with asthma influenza - seasonal flu or H1N1 flu increases the risk of severe illness and serious complications. Asthma increases the risk of hospitalization as well, in patients with seasonal flu or H1N1 flu. Seasonal flu or H1N1 flu can worsen chronic health problems such as asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease.
If you are an asthmatic patient take the following steps to protect yourself from the flu:
Consult your doctor immediately if you or your child with asthma, develop symptoms of swine flu like illness. Antiviral drugs for treatment of H1N1 flu should be used promptly in people with asthma as they at higher risk of developing severe illness and serious complications of H1N1 flu (such as pneumonia, and even die from H1N1 flu). Antiviral drugs work the best when started promptly within 48 hours of the start of symptoms.
Everyday steps to protect yourself and others: Follow the following steps regularly to protect your and your family’s health:
If you have flu like illness --to avoid spreading the infection stay at home from work or school and limit contact with others. Stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever resolves (i.e there are no signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications).
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