Colds and the Flu

Colds and ‘flu' viruses along with throat and nose infections can bring on asthma episodes.

The first signs are usually a blocked or runny nose or a sore throat.

Everyone with asthma should consider asking their doctor for the ‘flu vaccine. Vaccinations are free of charge for people with asthma, and should be done once a year to stay protected from any new strains.

As soon as the first snuffle or blocked nose appears, follow your Action Plan as you may need to increase the dose of your medicine/inhalers.

Record your peak flow and or your symptoms to check your progress.

See your doctor if your asthma gets worse.

Useful Resources

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Child Asthma Action Plan

This asthma action plan is for healthcare practitioners to complete alongside parents/caregivers and their child. Available in English, te reo Māori, Samoan and Tongan

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3 Stage Asthma Action Plan

​This self-management action plan for adolescents and adults (aged 12 years and over) is to be completed by healthcare practitioners, together with their patients. Available in English, te reo Māori, Samoan, Tongan and Simplified Chinese​