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Fight Flu With These Facts

Flu season has begun, and the flu can be serious for people with asthma. Recommendations have been updated for the 2021-2022 flu season. Test your flu knowledge and then join our AAFA staff in getting your flu vaccine to help us all stay healthier.
AAFA staff gets flu vaccine
AAFA staff gets flu vaccine
AAFA staff gets flu vaccine
AAFA staff gets flu vaccine

Have an Asthma and Allergy Friendly Halloween

Halloween is in a few days, but there's still time to prepare yourself and your loved ones for the possible asthma and allergy triggers you may encounter. Check out our tips and tricks for a safer and more inclusive Halloween.
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Fall Weather Changes Can Mean More Asthma and Allergy Symptoms

As temperatures drop, asthma and allergy symptoms can rise. Cold air can trigger asthma, and increased mold growth can trigger allergies and asthma. If you live in or near one of AAFA's 2021 Allergy Capitals™, you may be feeling the effects of fall allergies. Read our report to see if you live in a fall Allergy Capital and learn how you can get relief.

Understanding the Impacts of Eczema

Many people think eczema is simply "dry and itchy skin." But it's so much more than that. In honor of National Eczema Awareness Month, we break down some common myths about eczema and its impact.

October Is National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month

All month, we've been talking about ways indoor air quality impacts your health. In case you missed it, here are some resources we shared on how to improve indoor air quality at home and the workplace. And while you're at it, check out our CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products and services. We test products and services against strict standards to make sure they help you reduce asthma and allergy triggers in your home and indoor places.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar and Teva Team Up to Help People With Asthma and COPD Improve Inhaler Use

Improper asthma inhaler use can affect your asthma control. Teva has joined with actress Sarah Michelle Gellar to launch "Inhaler Tales" to help people learn how to properly use their asthma inhalers.

Teva, in partnership with AAFA, conducted a survey of more than 1,000 people with asthma and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The survey revealed that only 45% of respondents report using their maintenance/controller inhaler exactly as prescribed, and more than 50% may be overusing their quick-relief ("rescue") inhaler.

Learn more about the campaign to raise awareness and improve inhaler use.

FDA Grants Clearance to Smart Inhaler Device to Help People With Asthma Improve Their Inhaler Technique

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance to a device that can turn metered-dose inhalers into smart inhalers to help people track their inhaler use. Read the press release.

How Can We Help Kids Get Better Asthma Treatments?

Childhood asthma can have a significant impact on nearly every aspect of life. Your personal stories can be a key part of driving the future of research on childhood asthma treatments. Join Ryan, Shreaya, and Regan to make a difference for kids living with asthma. You can help direct research to improve treatment and quality of life. Share your story about managing childhood asthma for yourself or someone you care for by Nov. 5!


Everything AAFA does is in service of helping people with asthma and allergies, their families, and their communities. We understand that an asthma or allergy diagnosis can be a life‐changing event. For those affected, we stand together, prepared not only to listen and empathize, but also to serve as a lifeline of support and a reliable helpmate for life.

AAFA elevates and amplifies the voice of the patient. When we meet with Congress, the FDA, the CDC, researchers, physicians, schools, health departments, manufacturers, or other stakeholders, we put patients and their families at the center. We educate, advocate, and demand better for people with asthma and allergies.

AAFA is dedicated to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease for people with asthma and allergies through support, advocacy, education, and research. Through a gift to AAFA, you help us continue to provide life-saving programs and life-changing improvements to treatments and policies to help families for years to come.

Did You Miss Our Last Issue?

If you didn't get a chance to read our September 2021 issue, check it out to learn more about why you shouldn't nebulize hydrogen peroxide, managing ragweed pollen allergy, updates to the COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools, and more.

Thank you for your continued support.

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