People with chronic respiratory conditions are strongly recommended to receive annual influenza vaccine.

Chronic respiratory conditions include:

  • suppurative lung disease, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis9,10 — people with these diseases are at greatly increased risk from influenza, which may cause irreversible loss of lung function22
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic emphysema9,23,24 — influenza vaccination has a clinically important protective effect on influenza-related COPD exacerbations, and probably affects the total number of exacerbations in COPD patients23,24
  • severe asthma — annual influenza vaccine is an important part of routine care for people with severe asthma. Severe asthma is defined as asthma requiring frequent medical consultations or the use of multiple medicines.9,10 Influenza can cause severe wheezing; about 10% of episodes of virus-induced wheezing are attributable to influenza

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Last updated: 
7 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
7 June 2018