If you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease, you have a greater risk for flu complications. These include pneumonia, respiratory failure, heart attack and death. For this reason, you should schedule a flu vaccine at your earliest convenience – preferably before the start of flu season.
Flu season typically begins around early October, but many doctors and pharmacists begin receiving a supply of vaccines around the early part of September. Due to the high demand of the flu vaccine, the earlier you schedule an appointment, the better. Some clinics and pharmacists run out of vaccines mid-season. This can be dangerous if you’re a high risk candidate.
The flu is especially dangerous with heart disease because the virus can cause dehydration. This single factor has been known to worsen conditions, such as heart failure and asthma.
Don’t take any risks with your health. It only takes a few minutes to administer the flu vaccine, and the shot isn’t painful. If you haven’t received your annual vaccination, contact your doctor or visit a local pharmacy.