Don’t let the flu complicate your heart disease.

Know the impact

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 in the first few days following the flu.

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 recommend flu vaccination for adults 50 years old and over as a priority group for vaccination because this group may be more likely to have chronic medical conditions that put them at risk of severe influenza illness. Given the severity of recent flu seasons, now is the time to do everything you can to help protect yourself.

Know your flu risk

Give it a shot

Whatever your age, you have every reason to get a flu shot. It might be a spouse. A child. A grandchild. Big plans. Little plans. Or all of the above.

Vaccination remains the best way to help protect against the flu. Even if you’re not worried about yourself, remember: The flu shot also helps protect the people around you. It’s important, and it’s worth talking with your healthcare provider about flu shot options that may be right for you.

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