Getting vaccinated is one of the most important things you can do to safeguard your lung health. The BC Lung Association recommends getting the seasonal flu vaccination as early as possible to provide the best protection. For older people and those with chronic conditions, we also strongly recommend getting immunized against pneumonia as well. What many people don’t know is that combined – the flu (or influenza) and pneumonia - are ranked among the top 10 leading causes of death in Canada.
Who is at greatest risk? Children and those over 65 are hardest hit; but those with chronic disease run a serious risk, including people affected by lung conditions: COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis. More vulnerable are also pregnant women, indigenous peoples and residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities; but no one is immune.