Those with heart diseases should consider flu shots as it can dramatically reduce flu-related complications. Moreover, there are many added benefits to taking a flu shot.
The flu season for those with a heart condition can be a dangerous time. Added complications are commonplace especially with flu when you suffer from heart diseases. Thankfully, by taking flu shots you can reduce your chances of catching the virus.
Doctors for long have recommended adults and high-risk groups to get their flu shots but now those with heart conditions too are being asked to get one.
Why Is A Flu Shot So Important?
Some of the complications associated with flu include respiratory failure, pneumonia, heart attack and these complications can often turn fatal in an individual with heart disease. Any pre-existing conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart failure worsens with the flu.
A flu shot is no cure for flu, it only reduces your chances of catching on. The good news though is that if you do catch a flu after taking a shot, the complications are much less as the impact is less. Experts now believe that taking a flu shot decreases the risk of heart attack though more research is required to validate this belief.
Another situation where you should get a flu shot is when you live with someone who has a heart condition. This is to help your partner and limit their exposure to flu.
The good news is that flu shots are safe for heart patients. These vaccines have short-lived side effects such as slight muscle aches, mild fever or soreness at injection site. It can even be delivered using a nasal spray called FluMist. However, this is not the preferred solution for those with a heart condition. The reason is because such nasal sprays contain live virus and it can in some people trigger actual flu symptoms.
There are specific situations where a flu shot has risks. Talk to a doctor if any of the following hold true for you.
- You have taken a flu shot in the recent past and had an adverse reaction to it.
- You are allergic to egg
- You have fever at the time of planning for a flu shot.
- You have had Guillain-Barre syndrome after taking your last flu shot.
For those with heart complications, a flu shot should be scheduled for each fall the moment it becomes available. Usually, August to November is the perfect time to get one. Remember that flu season peaks right around the winter time so as long as you take it before then, you should be fine.