COPD and Vaccinations

Every year, thousands of American adults get sick from diseases that vaccines can prevent. People who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are more likely to have serious problems from certain diseases. If you have COPD, vaccines are one of the safest ways to protect your health from diseases that could be serious for you. Make sure you are up to date on the vaccines you need.

  • Did you know people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are at high risk of developing serious complications from flu and pneumonia? Getting vaccinated is an important step in staying healthy.
  • If you have COPD, you need to take extra steps to protect your health. Make sure you are vaccinated against diseases that could be serious for you.
  • Getting recommended vaccines to protect your health is part of successful COPD management. Talk to your doctor to make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations.
  • Respiratory infections like flu can be very serious for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For the best protection available, get your flu vaccine this and every flu season.
  • People with COPD should get flu and pneumococcal vaccines, as well as other vaccinations based on their age and other factors. Take this quiz to find out what vaccines you might need: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adultquiz
  • If you have COPD, influenza can make your symptoms worse. Get vaccinated to protect your health.
  • Flu vaccination also has been associated with reduced hospitalizations and deaths among people with chronic lung disease.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients who are vaccinated against pneumococcal disease are less likely to experience an episode of community-acquired pneumonia or an acute exacerbation, but only 50% of adults ages 18 through 64 with COPD report having gotten pneumococcal vaccination (NHIS, 2015).

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Some things you outgrow as an adult.  Vaccines aren’t one of them.

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