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If I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) does getting a flu shot reduce my chances of having an exacerbation of COPD more than not getting a flu shot?


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MedHead Message:

The results of the flu vaccine in preventing lung disease exacerbation are modest at best, but the people are probably the most likely to benefit from getting the flu shot. When they do get sick, hospitalizations costs are severe. If you have COPD, just get the flu shot every year. Please.


1. Kopsaftis Z. et. al. Influenza vaccine for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018 Jun 26;6:CD002733. 2.http://www.governing.com/blogs/view/gov-california-and-new-jersey-hospitals-charge-highest-average-prices.html


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