People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at greater risk for serious complications from influenza (the flu), such as pneumonia. It is important to protect yourself by receiving a flu shot each year.
What does it involve?
People with COPD should only receive flu vaccines by injection, not via nasal spray. It is important to receive a flu shot each year in September or October, before the flu begins spreading widely. The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to become fully effective. Flu season begins in October and usually peaks between January and March. The flu vaccine cannot infect you with the flu.
The flu shot is usually given into the ... read more