An important preventive action for people with respiratory conditions is appropriate vaccination, including against influenza (flu) viruses and pneumococcus (which causes bacterial pneumonia).
To improve access for people who need it most, the annual flu vaccine is free for people who have a diagnosis of COPD. Find out more here.
People with COPD are also more at risk of severe illness with COVID-19. It is important for everyone with COPD to get COVID vaccination and booster doses as recommended by Ministry of Health New Zealand.