CHARLESTON INTERNAL MEDICINE WANTS TO HELP YOU MANAGE YOUR COPD THIS FALL AND WINTER
People with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD0, or other conditions that affect the lungs have a higher risk of complication from the flu. This is true even if the condition is mild and symptoms are controlled. Since people with asthma have sensitive airways, inflammation caused by flu can trigger asthma attacks. In general, the flu can make asthma and COPD symptoms worse. People with lung disease are more likely to develop pneumonia and other respiratory diseases after getting sick with flu.
The CDC recommends people with asthma, COPD, or other conditions that affect the lungs get a yearly flu vaccine. If you have a lung condition, you should also get pneumococcal vaccines, once as an adult before age 65 and then two more doses after age 65. Your doctor may recommend additional vaccines based on your lifestyle, travel habits, and other factors. To learn more, visit the CDC's webpage and go to the page on lung disease and adult vaccination.
If you have questions about what vaccines you need, call our office at 304-720-2345. We do not have the flu vaccine in our office, but most retail pharmacies or our local health department should have it available. We want to keep your vaccine records up-to-date so let us know about any vaccines you receive. Download COPD Flyer