Ways to avoid colds and flu
The most important thing you can do is to ask your doctor for a flu vaccination as early as possible. If you are elderly, you may be eligible for a high-dose vaccine. A high dose vaccine contains a larger amount of the inactivate flu virus, which will prompt a greater immune response and reduce the risk of contracting the flu¹.
If you, a COPD sufferer, do get the flu, it is beneficial to start antiviral therapy as soon as possible. These help lessen the severity of the illness. If taken within 36 hours, they can reduce symptoms and severity. Discuss this with your doctor immediately if you’re demonstrating flu symptoms¹.