Asthma and the Holidays!

The holidays are the time of year when family and friends get together to celebrate and that means exposure to colds and the flu. Protect yourself and your children to keep the holidays happy!

About Asthma
For many with asthma, cold symptoms can cause their asthma to get worse.

  • Follow your asthma treatment plan
  • Take all asthma medicines as prescribed by your health care provider
  • Stay away from house pets when visiting for the holidays if they trigger your asthma
  • Pay attention to early warning signs that your asthma is getting worse and take action
  • If you need your quick-relief medicine more than twice a week, call your health care provider
  • Get a flu shot!

Did you know that children in New Jersey enrolled in child care,
pre-school or pre-kindergarten are required by law to get the flu vaccine by December 31, 2011?

About the Law:
N.J.A.C. 8:57-4 Immunization of Pupils in School: All children attending child care ages 6 months to 59 months (5 years) shall receive at least 1 dose of influenza (flu) vaccine between September 1 and December 31 each year.

To find a clinic near you to get a flu shot for you or your child, go to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services website at

Medications are important
to control your asthma.

To see a demonstration on
using an inhaler, click here.

Nebulizers are a good way to give asthma medication to young children or anyone who has trouble using an inhaler. To see a demonstration on using a
nebulizer, click here.