Asthma

Definition:

Chronic inflammation in the bronchi (airways in the lungs) that can cause difficulty in breathing.

Prevention:

Asthma is not preventable.

Links to Authorities:

Delaware Division of Public Health

Vaccination:

Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma are more likely to get complications from the flu.  These lung diseases cause airways to swell and become blocked with mucus, which can make it hard to breathe.  Certain vaccine-preventable diseases can also increase the swelling of your airways and lungs.  The combination of the two can lead to pneumonia and other serious respiratory illnesses.

  • The CDC recommends all adults get a seasonal flu vaccine every year.
  • A tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap or Td) booster is recommended every 10 years.
  • Pneumococcal vaccine