A father who nearly died a week ago his son almost a week urges people to vaccinate against flu this winter.
Adam Blackman didn't bother getting stings and catching flu last winter.
The virus has triggered a life-threatening asthma attack. He was recovering at the hospital for more than a month.
He says he "learned hard" about how dangerous flu is and why people should have a vaccine. Influenza-causing viruses can mutate and change every year, so they need to be immunized every year to protect themselves.
Mr. Blackman (47) of East Sussex says he underestimated how risky the flu could be.
While many people who catch it recover within a week, influenza can be fatal to others, especially those in risk groups.
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Asthma UK claims that colds and flu are the most common cause of asthma outbreak.
In the case of Mr. Blackman, this resulted in pneumonia and collapsed lungs and meant that he had to be in a coma for a week.
"I have asthma and my body just couldn't cope,"
"I really thought I was going to die before the ambulance came here.
“It was almost catastrophic to me, but my friends and family were also at risk.
“My brother-in-law who suffered from asthma shortly afterwards and ended up in hospital.
“I learned that flu can be life-threatening.
“I was involved in a life-support machine and isolated to prevent the flu from spreading.
“Given how contagious influenza may be, I urge everyone to get an influenza vaccine so they don't have to go through the hell I've gone through.
“I'm not risking it anymore and I already have an influenza vaccine.
“I ask everyone who has asthma to get it as soon as possible.
"It can save your life."
] You can get a free vaccine at the NHS if you are:
- 65 or older
- someone with certain health problems including asthma, heart disease or diabetes
- living long-term nursing home or home
- senior caregiver for the elderly or disabled
- child aged two to 10 years
Many pharmacies and supermarkets also have a flu vaccination service for customers.