August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Why Vaccines are Important for You

  • Adults with COPD or asthma are more likely to get complications from the flu.

  • COPD and asthma cause your airways to swell and become blocked with mucus, which can make it hard to breathe. Certain vaccine preventable diseases can also increase swelling of your airways and lungs. The combination of the two can lead to pneumonia and other serious respiratory illnesses.

  • Vaccines are one of the safest ways for you to protect your health, even if you are taking prescription medications. Vaccine side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. Severe side effects are very rare.

  • Immunization provides the best protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.

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