American Lung Association News - These 3 Vaccines Will Protect Your Lung Health

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August 8, 2022

It's National Immunization Awareness Month

If you have chronic lung disease, you may be at higher risk for severe illness from infectious respiratory diseases. Are you up to date on your vaccinations?

1. Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Did you know pneumococcal pneumonia is the most common type of bacterial pneumonia and causes an estimated 150,000 hospitalizations each year in the U.S.? Pneumococcal pneumonia can strike anytime, anywhere, in any season. Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines are available year-round to help prevent the disease.

Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination is recommended for adults aged 19-64 with certain underlying medical conditions such as asthma, COPD, and heart disease and all adults aged 65 or older. Now is a good time to talk to a healthcare provider about pneumococcal vaccination.


The American Lung Association and Pfizer are partnering to share important facts about pneumococcal pneumonia.?

2. Pertussis

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a serious respiratory illness that is easily spread from person to person. Pertussis can lead to severe, sometimes life-threatening health problems such as exacerbation of chronic medical conditions – including asthma and COPD.? The best way to help protect against pertussis is by getting vaccinated.? A vaccine called Tdap helps protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis and has been used since 2005.? If you are living with asthma or COPD, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider about getting a vaccination to protect against pertussis.


The American Lung Association and Sanofi work in collaboration to educate adults about the potential dangers of pertussis.

3. COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccinations are now recommended to everyone 6 months or older and are the best way to protect your children, family, friends and community from severe COVID-19 illness.

Curious about the evolving questions surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine?
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