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Colds & viral infections

Colds and viral infections are very common triggers of asthma. They are also almost impossible to avoid.


At your asthma review, you should talk to your doctor or asthma nurse about having the flu vaccination. These are normally available every autumn.

People who are regularly taking steroid tablets should also talk to their doctor about having the pneumococcal vaccination.

Unlike the flu vaccination, which should be repeated every year, the pneumococcal vaccination is usually only given once.

Flu and pneumococcal injections are also recommended for everyone over the age of 65.