It’s not “just the flu”
The flu is a big deal, and there’s more to it than you might expect. It can worsen symptoms of chronic health conditions, such as lung or heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Multiple studies have shown an increased risk of heart attack and stroke following a flu infection.
That means the flu can be deadly for anyone, including adults 50 years of age and older who more often have one or more chronic health conditions. Health officials prioritize vaccination for people aged 50 and older, because they are identified as at increased risk for severe complications from the flu. Given the severity of recent flu seasons, now is the time to do everything you can to help protect yourself.