Vaping can make you more susceptible to the flu, says a Michigan physician.
"Vaping causes a change in the events in the lungs. It degrades your immunity and lung function to fight infections and bacteria and we know it will change your lungs after use, says Dr. Brandon Hooks, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, told local news station WWMT.
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Inflammation can make the lungs more susceptible to harmful bacteria and viruses, Hooks said.
"Influenza is a very serious thing, in the end," he added. "I think we underestimate the flu a lot, but if your immune system is down, this could increase your chances of the flu turning into pneumonia."
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Although the 2019-2020 flu season is just beginning, the virus has already required at least one person life this year. Health representatives urge everyone – especially young people, the elderly and those whose immune systems are compromised – to get a flu shot as soon as possible.
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Separately, the CDC in a recent report said that most pregnant women do not receive vaccines against the flu and whooping cough, both of which are important for the health of the mother and her unborn child.