Asthma and the Flu

The flu season generally runs from October through May. While most cases of the flu occur in December, January and February, it is possible to get the flu at any time of the year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six (6) months of age or older get a flu vaccination, ideally in October or November. It’s important to get vaccinated each year because the vaccine is made to match the type of flu expected that year.

If you have asthma or another lung disease, you are urged to get an annual flu shot. While having asthma does not make you more likely to get the flu, you are at increased risk for worsening of asthma symptoms and other respiratory complications, including pneumonia, if you do get the flu.

CDC Recommendations:

  1. Everyone with asthma 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine to protect against getting the flu.
  2. Children, adults over 65, and people who have asthma should also get the pneumococcal vaccine to protect against pneumonia.
  3. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of flu.
  4. Follow your updated, written Asthma Action Plan developed with your doctor.
  5. If you get the flu, call your doctor and take flu antiviral drugs as recommended by your doctor.

For more information about this year’s flu, visit:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Flu and People with Asthma:
  • The Department of State Health Services site for flu information in Texas:



Last updated June 16, 2017