According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) only 50% of asthmatics received the influenza injection during the 2011-2012 influenza season. The The CDC goal is to vaccinate at least 90% of asthmatics and others with chronic lung conditions such as COPD.
Asthma was the most common underlying condition among persons hospitalized with pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in 2009. Although persons with asthma are not more likely than others to get influenza, influenza can make asthma symptoms worse, trigger asthma attacks, and lead to pneumonia or other complications that result in hospitalization and even death.
Influenza virus is safe and effective to prevent most influenza infections. There is no live virus in the influenza injection so no one can develop the flu from the vaccination. Side effects are usually involve discomfort or swelling in the arm. It is not too late to get your flu injection for this year!