Anyone who has ever had the flu virus knows it is far from a pleasant experience. Headaches, high fevers, chills, coughing and aching body are just a few of the many debilitating symptoms. The flu virus can be very serious for people with asthma as they are at an even greater risk if they pick up the flu virus. The flu virus causes swelling and narrowing of the airways in the lungs, along with excess mucus and these three factors can trigger an asthma attack. For some patients, an asthma attack can prove fatal.
Asthma Society CEO, Sarah O'Connor, said: "Every effort should be made to avoid contracting the highly contagious flu virus by members of the public, but especially people with asthma. People with asthma are of a higher risk of the flu leading to complications for them and possible death, if they have a serious asthma attack. We've compiled a list of tips on how to avoid contracting the flu virus, along with a list of what should be done if you get the virus and we are urging everyone with asthma in Longford to follow this guidance."
Top tips to help you avoid catching and spreading the flu virus:
If you catch the flu, you should:
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