In the United States every year thousands of adults get sick, some are hospitalized, and some even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. People who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma are at a greater risk for severe problems from various vaccine-preventable diseases. Please note that you should always consult with your doctor to determine what is best for you and your treatment. We are not a doctor’s office and are not providing medical advice.
An essential step to getting and staying healthy is to get vaccinated and here are 3 important reasons why.
- You may be at risk of severe diseases that are still common in North American.
Even if you got all your vaccines as a child, the protection from some vaccines could wear off over time. You may also be at risk for other diseases due to your age, career, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions.
- You can’t afford to risk getting sick.
Even people who are healthy can get sick enough to miss work or school. If you’re sick, you may not be able to take care of your family or other daily responsibilities.
- You can protect your health and the health of those around you by getting the recommended vaccines.
Vaccines lower your chance of getting sick.
Vaccines assist your body’s natural defense to lower the chances of getting certain diseases as well as suffering complications from these diseases. Infants, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems or respiratory conditions (like those with Asthma or COPD) are especially vulnerable to diseases that are vaccine-preventable.
Vaccines lower your chance of spreading certain diseases.
There are many things you want to pass on to your loved ones; a vaccine-preventable disease is not one of them. Vaccines are one of the safest ways to protect your health.
Here is a list from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of common disease and the vaccines that help prevent them as well as how the conditions can affect you. The top 4 vaccines are a minimum recommendation for people with lung-related diseases. Contact your doctors office to discuss what vaccines are right for you and your health.
Seasonal flu vaccine
Hep A vaccine
Hep B vaccine
For more information or to view the Reference Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/resources.html