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WV Asthma Updates

Upcoming Events   

For events not listed here please see the Event Calendar. If you would like to add your event please contact WVAEPP staff. 

World Asthma Day - Annually held the first Tuesday of May. This year's event will be May 6, 2014 (Tuesday) at the Capitol Market in Charleston, WV. More information to come!

Health Screenings and Education

PharmUC - the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy outpatient clinic, located in Charleston, WV, offers free education and health screenings throughout the year. Visit their website for more information. 

Asthma e-cards

 

Send them to co-workers, friends and family to raise awareness of asthma

Find a Flu Shot Location

Click Here - National list of flu shot locations

FLU Facts

National Asthma Treatment Guidelines recommends every person with asthma, age 6 months and older, should receive a FLU shot each year. The current flu vaccine contains a strain of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) in addition to two other strains.

Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine? 

  • People six months of age and older
  • Older persons (older than 65)
  • People with chronic medical conditions (cardiac, respiratory, metabolic) especially those with Asthma, COPD, Emphysema, and other lung diseases
  • Caregivers and health care providers - who can pass the illness to those with chronic illnesses and weak immune systems

It is never too early or too late to get vaccinated in any flu season. Getting the vaccine early means you will be protected if the flu season arrives earlier than usual.

Pneumonia Vaccine - those with asthma or who have a history of pneumonia and/or have multiple chronic health issues should consider getting a pneumonia vaccine. Discuss this with your physician today   

Asthma-Related Flu Information  

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent getting the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

Flu shots are our strongest defense against the flu but there are other important preventive actions you can take to prevent the spread of the flu such as:

  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.  Then throw the tissue away. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder not your bare hand;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth (germs are spread that way).

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, people with asthma should have an asthma action plan made by their doctor  to show daily treatment and what to do for worsening asthma symptoms.  Parents of children with asthma should make sure that an updated asthma action plan is on file at their child’s school (and daycare) and that the plan and medications are easy to get to if needed.

For more flu information go to:

www.cdc.gov/flu/ 

 

www.flu.gov

 

Other Articles of Interest

Taxation is leading factor in fight against tobacco use - article in examiner.com recognizing the efforts in West Virginia in regards to the WVAEPP and the WV Division of Tobacco Prevention

Has your inhaler been changed? - the change of the propellent CFC to HFA in your quick-relief/rescue inhaler, how does it affect you and your medication?

How to save money on your Albuterol HFA or Xopenex inhalers - information from a variety of sites from About.com

Third-Hand Smoke:  The New Cigarette Hazard - Doctors from MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston coined the term “third-hand smoke” to describe these chemicals in a new study that focused on the risks they pose to infants and children. The study was published in the January 2009 issue of the journal Pediatrics.

New Findings Add to the Complexity of Asthma Treatment - Experts increasingly view asthma as a condition that encompasses many diseases. 

Avoiding Tobacco Smoke Helps Manage Childhood Asthma - Study supports efforts to educate parents about tobacco smoke's impact on their child's asthma: Avoidance of environmental tobacco smoke can significantly reduce hospitalizations, emergency department visits and episodes of poor asthma control in children with the disease.

An Olympic Multi-Gold Medalist's Sweet Victory: Triumphs Over Lifelong Asthma - view the story here!

WVU to help school nurses deal with asthma - WVU School of Nursing to offer online training  

 

Additional Information

Asthma Terms and Definitions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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