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Vaccinations in COPD

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Influenza vaccination

  • reduces serious illness and death in COPD patients
  • vaccines containing either killed live inactivated virus are recommended as they are more effective in elderly patients with COPD
  • population-based studies have reported a decreased risk of ischemic heart disease when they were vaccinated with influenza vaccine over many years

COVID-19 vaccination

  • SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) vaccination is recommended for people with COPD

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccination

  • RSV vaccine is recommended for individuals over 60 years and/or with chronic heart or lung disease

Pneumococcal vaccination

  • the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) has been shown to reduce the incidence of community-acquired pneumonia in COPD patients <65 years with an FEV1 <40% predicted and in those with comorbidities (especially cardiac)
  • in adults >=65 years, the 13-valent conjugated pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13) has shown significant efficacy in reducing bacteremia and serious invasive pneumococcal disease (1)


  1. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) 2024. Global strategy for the diagnosis, management, and prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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