It's not too late to get your flu shot
Getting the flu vaccination each year is a critical part of good asthma management. People with asthma are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications, even if their asthma is mild or their symptoms are well-controlled by medication.
The flu can trigger asthma attacks, worsen asthma symptoms, and lead to pneumonia and other serious respiratory diseases. Adults and children with asthma are more likely to develop pneumonia after getting sick with flu than people who do not have asthma. Learn more about flu prevention.
About the Asthma Program
COVID-19 impact on Asthma
All people ages 5 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage people with asthma to get vaccinated. Find a vaccination appointment near you.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has been conducting asthma surveillance activities since 1992 and asthma interventions since 1994.
Since 2001, the Wisconsin Asthma Program has expanded its activities under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In 2003, the first Wisconsin Asthma Plan was adopted to provide the blueprint for addressing asthma as a public health priority, and lists the prioritized goals, objectives, and activities recommended for statewide action to reduce the burden of asthma in Wisconsin. The updated 2021-2025 plan is now available.
The Wisconsin Asthma Program partners with the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition to achieve the goals and activities in the Wisconsin Asthma Plan.
- Wisconsin Asthma Plan 2021-2025 (11/2020). The Wisconsin Asthma Coalition asthma plan includes strategies to improve asthma outcomes.
- 2020 Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines (12/2020).
- Influenza vaccination rates among people with asthma, P-01218 (08/2020)
- Asthma Care Home Program Shows Improved Outcomes and Cost Savings, P-02403. Evaluation shows a reduction in asthma-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits.
- Asthma Burden 2020 Report, P-02412-20. A summary of the asthma burden in Wisconsin.
- Maintain and expand asthma surveillance efforts.
- Facilitate implementation of the Wisconsin Asthma Plan.
- Prioritize and implement public health interventions for asthma.
- Build local capacity to identify, evaluate and implement actions.
- Implement CDC’s EXHALE strategies to improve asthma control and reduce health care costs.
To achieve these goals, the program will continue to conduct surveillance, maintain and enhance partnerships and implement priority interventions identified in the Wisconsin Asthma Plan.