Many patients living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) are considered immune-compromised due to the medications used to help manage this fatal lung disease. This means that, for many of us, the threat of cold and flu season that is nearly upon us is terrifying. I am one of those patients!
Back in May 2017 I fell ill with a nasty respiratory virus which caused an acute exacerbation, landing me in the hospital on a ventilator. I wrote about this experience in a column called The Invisible Impact of Trauma on PF Patients. I would do nearly anything to avoid getting that sick again, including being proactive when it comes to avoiding illness or others who are knowingly ill. Tips to avoid illness as a patient with PF has been a popular topic on the forums in the past, but it is always good to re-visit this when cold and flu season is fast approaching.
Here are some past columns on tips to avoid getting sick during cold and flu season!
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