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This information was reviewed and approved by Jeffrey James Swigris, DO, MS (8/31/2017).

People with IPF are at increased risk of lung infections. 

There are a number of measures that can help avoid infections.

  • Vaccines are recommended. The influenza or flu vaccine is recommended yearly, often in the fall. There are two pneumonia vaccines; both are recommended. These vaccines help prevent severe infection from a bacterium that is a common cause of pneumonia.

  • Good hand washing with soap and water is also very important to help prevent the spread of germs and infections. Alcohol based gels are also effective. Use a quarter-sized dollop in your palm, and rub your hands together until they are dry.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs are often spread this way.

  • Avoid contact with others when they are sick.

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