Dr Ranjan Suri, Paediatric Respiratory Consultant, The Portland Hospital
Q. Do vaccinations put my child at higher risk for asthma?
A. Asthma is a chronic disease characterised by repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, and coughing. Several recent studies have clearly shown that specific vaccines or the number of vaccines administered do not lead to an increased risk of childhood asthma. Furthermore, vaccines are very important for children with asthma. An analysis by the American Lung Association has shown that many hospitalisations due to asthma could be prevented by the flu vaccination, which has been proven to be safe in children with asthma. It is recommended that all children with asthma over 6 months who require continuous or repeated use of a steroid preventer inhaler or oral steroids are offered the seasonal flu vaccine. In addition, any child over 6 months who has been admitted to hospital with a lower respiratory tract infection should also be offered the seasonal flu vaccine. It is expected that future vaccines against other respiratory infections may reduce the incidence of wheezing in childhood, since severe infections in young infants caused by some of these agents are associated with wheezing in infancy.
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