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How can a flu shot help with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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The flu and other respiratory infections can cause serious problems for people with COPD. You might want to ask your doctor if you should get a pneumonia vaccine. It's also a good idea to avoid crowds during flu season.

From: 11 Breathing Tips for People With COPD WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 02/06/2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Breathing Better with a COPD Diagnosis."

Respiratory Health Association: "Managing COPD."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:  "Now That You Know It's COPD, Here's How To Breathe Better."

Mayo Clinic: "COPD: Self-management."

National Sleep Foundation: "COPD and Difficulty Breathing."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Breathing Better with a COPD Diagnosis."

Respiratory Health Association: "Managing COPD."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:  "Now That You Know It's COPD, Here's How To Breathe Better."

Mayo Clinic: "COPD: Self-management."

National Sleep Foundation: "COPD and Difficulty Breathing."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

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