Avoiding a Respiratory Infection

Colds, flu or pneumonia can be very serious for people with asthma.

What causes respiratory infections?
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Other germs, such as a fungus

These can be spread through the air or by touching a dirty surface.

What can you do?
  • Wash your hands. This is especially important if someone in your home is ill.
  • Ask your provider if you should receive a flu or pneumonia vaccine.
  • Stay away from people who have a cold, the flu or pneumonia. Avoid crowds whenever possible during cold and flu season.
  • Clean all faucets, countertops, toilets, light switches, doorknobs, and telephone receivers regularly. Use a solution of 1 tablespoon chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water.
  • Get plenty of rest and eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Don’t smoke or allow smoking in your home or car.
  • Avoid dust as much as possible.