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    COPD and the Flu: What to Know

    Flu Treatment If You Have COPD

    The kind of medicine your doctor prescribes will depend on the specific strain of flu that’s circulating.

    In some cases, antiviral medications can help. These medications can lower your risk of developing the flu if you’ve been exposed to the virus. They can also lower your chances of having complications, especially if you can’t get the flu shot.

    If your flu develops into a bacterial respiratory infection and your COPD symptoms get worse, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics. But since viruses cause most of these types of infections, antibiotics probably aren’t the answer.

    There is one antibiotic called azithromycin that may lower your chance of developing COPD flare-ups. Your doctor will decide whether this is the right treatment for you.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Neha Pathak, MD on December 12, 2016
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