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Flu more serious for those with asthma

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The flu is now widespread across the United States and the St. Louis Department of Health is urging not only the young and old to take proper precautions but also people that suffer from asthma.

The CDC says a diagnosis of an influenza infection can be more serious for people with asthma, even if their asthma is mild or symptoms are well controlled by medication. Adults and children with asthma are more likely to develop pneumonia after getting sick with the flu.

The St. Louis Department of Health reports 1,848 confirmed cases of influenza in the city since October 1, 2017.

The Department of Health and the CDC are continuing to push these steps in fighting the spread of this years flu:

  • Get the flu vaccine.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • If you do get sick with flu symptoms, call your doctor early in the illness.

If you have any questions or concerns about asthma, the flu, or other respiratory issues, talk to your healthcare provider.  

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