Getting vaccinated is one of the most important things you can do to safeguard your lung health. Vaccinations protect you as well as those around you. They help your immune system to recognize and fight bacteria and viruses that cause diseases, such as the flu, pneumonia and COVID-19.
Specific information for those living with a chronic lung condition
Individuals with chronic lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), or cystic fibrosis, are at increased risk of complications of the flu (influenza virus) and pneumococcal infection. Smoking also impairs mucociliary clearance and predisposes to pneumococcal disease.
Th BC Lung Association recommends those with chronic lung disorders, including adult smokers, receive a flu vaccine annually in addition to other routine immunization. Consult our advice for lung patients webpage here for a list of recommended vaccinations.
Here is BC Lung's list of trusted vaccination resources: