Will the pneumonia vaccine help for those with asthma or COPD if they also get swine flu?

No. The pneumonia vaccine helps prevent infection due to a bacteria called pneumococcus. Swine flu is caused by a particular strain of the influenza virus which is a different causative organism. Hence the pneumonia vaccine will not protect against swine flu. It is important for anyone with asthma or COPD to remain protected against both pneumococcus and influenza as they can cause significant illness.

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What are the odds an asthmatic 15 year old will get autism after swine flu vaccine?

Zero. Regardless of the claims of vaccine haters, this is bunk. The injected flu vaccine is a non living material that stimulates the production of antibodies to specific strains of flu. The worst flu vaccine debacle of years past, occured in ~1977 with a vaccine rushed to production without today's safeguards. Gillian- barre syndrome occurred in some. Today's flu vaccines are safe and effective. Read more...

Can I get the swine flu jab for my 9 month old seeing as tho I suffer with severe asthma?

Yes. Your asthma history has no impact on your 9 mo kids need for or benefit from the vaccine.It will not increase babies risk. In fact, having asthma is good reason to get the vaccine if you never consider it. Having the flu can be much worse for asthmatics. Read more...

Is swine flu a more serious concern for children with asthma?

Yes. Any kind of flu is - in retrospect, swine flu was an unusually severe threat to pregnant women and obese individuals, without being any less of a threat to the "usual suspects" - people with asthma, heart or kidney disease, or any immunosuppression. Read more...
Always. Influenza and other viruses that cause upper respiratory symptoms such as runny nose and cough can aggravate asthma, causing narrowing of the airway, leading to increased wheezing/difficulty breathing. We always recommend patients with asthma receive influenza vaccination. The vaccine you can get at your doctors office includes protection against h1n1(swine) flu. Read more...

Am I at greater risk of getting swine flu if I have asthma?

You are at... ...Greater risk of complications from flu if you do get it. Read more...
NO. Although you are not at greater risk of getting the disease, the consequences of influenza are much worse for asthmatics, so get your vaccination annually. Read more...