By: Daniel Haight, MD
Wednesday, November 6 2013
Flu is a preventable disease and we have a safe vaccine that is available. Reducing the risk of flu is many times better than the real illness that kills thousands of people a year in the United States. Because it is contagious, it’s possible to bring the virus home with you to grandparents, small children or others who cannot fight it off as well.
The Journal of the American Medical Association also reports this week that getting a flu shot is associated with a lower chance of a heart attack. Infection with a flu virus can trigger the development of a deadly bacterial pneumonia, but a flu vaccine is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular events.
Flu shots are available at local drugstores, walk-in clinics and pharmacies.
Have you had your flu shot?