COPD and Increased Flu Risks

by | Dec 5, 2017 | COPD, Related Conditions

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), three to five million people become seriously ill with the flu annually. Sadly, as many as 500,000 die.

While it’s fairly safe to say that no one likes coming down with the latest bug, this particular virus can be especially problematic as WHO explains that these complications are even more likely for individuals within “high-risk groups”—which includes those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

COPD and the Flu

Research shows that individuals with COPD are estimated to develop more severe reactions to the flu virus up to 64 percent of the time, equating to roughly two out of every three people.

Despite this, fewer than half of all Americans with COPD (43 percent) choose to get vaccinated against this potentially deadly virus.

Make the decision today not to be one of them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals with COPD get a flu shot each and every year.

This can help protect you from a variety of complications associated with the latest strain of this seasonal bug.

The CDC also recommends a pneumococcal vaccine for COPD sufferers.

Ideally, you should get this particular vaccine once before the age of 65, with two additional doses after that.

When the Flu Shot Should Be Avoided

Though the flu shot does offer some level of protection against this year’s flu strain, there are a few people who should avoid this particular immunization according to the CDC.

This includes:

  • Those who are allergic to the flu vaccine
  • Those who are allergic to any ingredient within the vaccine (gelatin, antibiotics, etc.)
  • Those who have serious allergic reactions to eggs, as flu vaccines contain egg protein

Also, if you’ve ever had Buillain-Barré Syndrome or aren’t currently feeling well, you should always check with your doctor before getting a flu shot.

Getting a Flu Shot is Easy

The great thing about flu shots is that they’re extremely easy to get.

In addition to your doctor’s office, they’re available at a variety of locations.

For instance, many pharmacies offer them on a walk-in basis. Rite Aid and Walgreens both do, and CVS currently offers $5 off a $25 purchase if you get your flu shot through them.

Oftentimes, this service is provided at no cost, as long as you show them a copy of your current health insurance card.

Some workplaces even bring in medical professionals, offering flu vaccinations for all of their employees.

Other places to get them include supermarkets and Walmart pharmacies.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Health Institute offers a variety of cellular treatment options.

Contact us today at 888-745-6697 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

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