Influenza: COPD patients must be immunized

People suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) must be vaccinated against the flu, otherwise they risk losing their lives.

Like all fragile people, those who suffer from COPD have every interest in being vaccinated against influenza, because it saves them from hospitalization or, in the worst case, death. A new study found that influenza was a common cause of hospitalization in COPD patients, and that the consequences could be very serious: one in ten patients dies in this case, and one in five patients end up in intensive care. . Yet about 40% of patients do not get immunized against the virus.

"Get vaccinated every year"

"Based on the results of this study, we strongly encourage COPD patients to be vaccinated annually to protect themselves against the flu and its serious health consequences," said research director Sunita Mulpuru Research Institute of The Ottawa Hospital (Canada). She bases her conclusions on medical data collected from 46 hospitals.
Once admitted to hospital, COPD patients with influenza required ventilation more often (8.7% vs. 5.2%), with a higher risk of death (9.7% vs 7.9%). ) and used more intensive care (17.2% vs. 12.1%) than the others. In patients who used oxygen at home, the risks were even higher.

The flu epidemic has settled in France

Yet despite the obvious benefits of influenza vaccination, only 66.5% of the cohort members were immune to the virus. According to the latest data from Public Health France, influenza activity is increasing sharply, all metropolitan areas being epidemic, with the exception of Normandy. Since November 1, 2018, 259 serious cases of influenza have been reported. Almost half (49%) are aged 65 and older, and the majority (85%) of them have risk factors such as COPD.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the bronchi and is associated with many cardiovascular diseases. It progresses slowly and becomes disabling, characterized by a progressive decrease of the breath. Largely underestimated, it probably affects more than 3.5 million people, or 6 to 8% of the French adult population. Responsible for 3% of deaths in France, COPD could be the 4th leading cause of death in 2030.

Video: Q&A on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease COPD (November 2019).