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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)

Reference:

  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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