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When you have asthma, there’s a greater chance
that getting the flu could cause other health
problems. Getting a flu shot every year is the best
way to keep the virus away. The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention recommends that
everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu shot.
Also, anyone older than age 65 should get a
one-time pneumonia vaccine. People with asthma
and certain chronic conditions should also get the
pneumonia vaccine.
Protect Yourself from the Flu &
Pneumonia this Fall
With pills, it’s easy to see what’s left in the bottle.
When you take inhaled medicine, it’s more
complicated. You can’t tell by looking at or shaking
your inhaler. Even if you hear something in your
inhaler, it could just be propellant and not medicine.
But it’s important to keep track so you can order a
new one before you run out.
Many new inhalers come with a dose counter, either
built in or on the outside. If yours has one, learn how
to read the display. Order a new one when the
counter says there are 20 puffs or fewer remaining.
Some displays will turn red when the medicine’s low.
Here’s how to track your medicine without a dose
Figure out how many puffs you take a day.
Read the label on your inhaler. It should say
how many puffs are in the canister.
Divide this number by the number of puffs you
use per day.
This is how many days the medicine in your
inhaler should last.
Is It Time for an Inhaler
Make sure to refill your inhaler a day or so
before this day.
There are also apps for your smartphone that can
help. One is called Inhaler Tracker. You can use it to
track how many puffs you used, and it can remind
you when to reorder.
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