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, especially 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 for severe influenza illness. Given the severity of recent flu seasons, now is the time to do everything you can to help protect yourself, your family and the healthcare system.Know your flu risk