American Lung Association News - Your Fall Priority: Getting Vaccinated

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September 21, 2023

Your Fall Priority: Getting Vaccinated
The arrival of fall brings an increase of infectious respiratory diseases, especially flu, COVID-19 and RSV.

Flu, COVID-19, RSV and other infectious respiratory diseases are spread from person to person, so staying up to date on your vaccines protects not only you, but also your family, friends and community.

Bottom line: vaccinated people help limit the spread of these infectious diseases, which means fewer sick days, and most important, fewer hospitalizations and preventable deaths.

Talk to your healthcare provider about which vaccines you need this fall. Learn more about vaccines and why vaccines are important for people with lung disease.
Connecting the Dots Between Climate Change, Extreme Weather and Lung Health
It's important for everyone to understand how climate change is fueling extreme weather and negatively impacting lung health, and what urgent actions we need to take right now. Connect the dots and take action.
Improving Your Indoor Air Quality
On average, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, so indoor air quality is critical to the health of your family. Here are three resources to help you assess and improve your indoor air quality.

- Low?cost ways to improve your indoor air quality.
- Our new Healthy and Efficient Homes campaign provides practical solutions to reduce the health risks from indoor pollution.
- Lung.org/Clean-Air: How to achieve clean air at home, work and school.

Advanced and End?Stage Lung Disease
Being informed and prepared can help with the difficult decisions involved in managing and supporting advanced and end?stage lung disease:

- How Hospice Can Offer Critical Care for Patients and Caregivers
- Managing Advanced Lung Disease

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Understanding Biologic Therapies to Improve Asthma Care
The Lung Association, in collaboration with Paradigm Medical Communications LLC, is pleased to offer Severe Asthma Recognition and Management with Biologic Therapies, a CME?certified initiative that includes a webinar, an interactive infographic and a reinforcing case consult. CME credits are offered as AMA PRA Category 1 credits for a variety of healthcare professionals. Participation is free, but registration is required. Explore all the learning opportunities at Lung.org/Professional-Education.
Register Now: COPD Educator Course
Our three?day COPD Educator Course in October is designed to provide healthcare professionals with evidence?based strategies, best practices and the latest advancements in COPD management. Registration includes placebo medication devices, digital course materials, patient education materials and access to course content and recordings for 30 days after the course. Register today.

Up to 14 CEUs or CMEs are available: see the FAQ and Event Day Information for details.

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Pneumococcal Pneumonia Resources for Healthcare Professionals
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Are you a healthcare professional? Then you play an important role in driving vaccine uptake for infectious respiratory diseases like pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination is recommended for adult patients aged 19?64 with certain underlying medical conditions and risk factors and patients aged 65 years or older. Find healthcare professional resources for pneumococcal pneumonia including an appointment referral card, videos, vaccine schedules and strategies to increase vaccination uptake at Lung.org/hcp-pneumococcal.

This content was developed in collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer.
Virus Season Ahead! Let’s be United Against Flu
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that peaks from December through March, making September and October ideal times for everyone 6 months and older to get their flu shot. While symptoms can affect anyone, they can become severe for those living with certain chronic health conditions like asthma or COPD. Flu vaccination should be a part of your healthcare routine every year. Now is a good time to schedule your vaccination appointment with your healthcare provider.

Support for this program is provided by Sanofi. Learn more at Lung.org/prevent-flu.