November is Lung Month, and as we enter the cold and flu season, it’s crucial to understand thesignificance of vaccines in safeguarding not only the health of those with chronic lung diseases but also the well-being of everyone around them.

Individuals with chronic lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cystic fibrosis, face a heightened risk of severe illness from diseases that vaccinescan prevent. Vaccines are a crucial element in protecting the respiratory health of these individuals.

What vaccines are recommended?

COVID-19 Vaccine: People with chronic lung diseases are at a higher risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and complications due to COVID-19. Getting vaccinated as soon as possible is of paramount importance to protect their health.

Influenza Vaccine: Annual influenza vaccination is essential for individuals with chronic lung diseases. The flu vaccine reduces the risk of serious illness and helps prevent flare-ups of COPD. People with asthma are also at higher risk of flu-related complications, making the vaccine a crucial preventive measure.

Pneumococcal Vaccines: People with existing lung diseases are at an increased risk of severe illness from pneumonia. Depending on their specific condition and age, individuals may require different types of pneumococcal vaccines. Consulting with a healthcare provider can help determine the most suitable vaccination plan.

Together, vaccines are designed to prevent diseases and reduce the risk and severity of infections, making them vital for individuals with chronic lung diseases. They offer protection against potentially life-threatening respiratory infections. When combined with other health practices, vaccination significantly contributes to maintaining the well-being of the millions of Canadians living with lung disease.

The Lung Association of Canada is one of our 17 member charities and plays a vital role in providing resources and support to those affected by lung conditions. They are at the forefront of research and advocacy for lung health. For further information and guidance on lung disease and vaccinations, please visit their website here.