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Vaccines are a must if you have COPD. They will help your immune system fight off infections and potentially life-threatening diseases.

These are the vaccinations for adults that are recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Whether you have COPD or not, getting vaccinated on time will improve your health.

Influenza (Flu)

Everyone should get the flu vaccine each year. The flu can cause serious harm to people with chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD, as well as other diseases such as diabetes and heart failure. Get vaccinated yearly to have a head start on protecting your health each year.

Td/Tdap/Tetanus

Tetanus is an infection caused by a bacteria found in soil, dust or manure. The tetanus vaccine is available with the diphtheria (Td) vaccine or the diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine. Adults should receive the Tdap if they did not receive it as a child, and every adult should receive a Td booster every 10 years.

Shingles (Zoster)

Even if you had chicken pox during childhood, you can still get shingles as an adult. Chicken pox and shingles are caused by the same virus that can reactivate years later into shingles. Doctors recommend all healthy adults 50 and older get this vaccination, even if you have had shingles. There are two types: RZV for adults at 50 and ZVL for those 60 and older.

Pneumococcal Disease

Pneumococcal disease is an infection that causes pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis. The bacteria can cause lifelong complications and can even result in death. There are two variations of this vaccine. Depending on your age and health, you may have to get both of these vaccines. Check with your doctor to determine which vaccination you need.

Meningococcal

Meningococcal disease is common among college students, international travelers and military personnel. The meningococcal bacteria can cause brain damage, limb loss and deafness. There are two types of meningococcal vaccines. You may need one or both, depending on your health condition.

Check with your doctor to stay on schedule for all your recommended immunizations.