Flu Can Be Serious for Children with Asthma

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Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach
Jen Jen Chen, MD
Featured speaker:

Jen Jen Chen, MD

  • Pulmonology - Pediatric

Dr. Chen is a Pediatric Pulmonologist at Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach and recently graduated her fellowship just prior to starting the Academy. She obtained her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University and completed both her pediatric residency and pediatric pulmonary fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. She is also Clinical Assistant Professor at UCI and does exercise research for pediatric cystic fibrosis patients, with her current project looking into the impact of tele-exercise and tele-rehabilitation in CF patients.

Podcast Summary

Asthma triggers are often harmless to most people, but certain substances, weather conditions or even other diseases, like the flu, can make life difficult for a child with asthma. Because children with asthma have sensitive airways, the flu can cause further inflammation and bring on an asthma attack. With already weakened lungs and airways, the flu can even lead to more serious conditions like pneumonia and other respiratory infections.