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If I am a child or an adult with asthma, does getting a flu shot reduce my chances of having or dying from an asthma exacerbation or flu over not getting a flu shot?
MedHead Confidence Score: 3
Amount Saved: $35 cost of flu shot
As far as I know, nobody has ever recommended NOT to get a flu shot if you have asthma. However, it is quite interesting that this review showed no difference in disease, hospitalization, or death. More studies definitely need to be done; however, this has to make you think twice about the flu vaccine!
1. Cates, CJ, et. al. Vaccines for preventing influenza in people with asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Feb 28;(2):CD000364