Did you get your flu shot yet?
I know – no one likes a shot. Yet, a little poke in the arm is a small price to pay to avoid a potentially fatal infection.
Many people are confused about the flu and the importance of getting a flu shot. The flu, or influenza, isn’t what most people think — a stomach bug. The flu is a very serious, and at times life-threatening, contagious infection affecting the lungs and causing fever.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu shots are most effective when administered in October or November, but getting one in December, January or even later can still help. The flu is passed through the air, by coughing and sneezing, and flu season can start as early as October and last as late as May.
People with heart disease are more likely to develop serious complications such as pneumonia and dehydration than patients with any other chronic disease. In addition, the flu can cause heart conditions, particularly congestive heart failure, to become worse.
Hundreds of deaths and thousands of hospitalizations could be prevented each year with a simple shot.
If you have heart disease, live with, or care for someone with heart disease, it’s time to get your flu shot today!
Eliz Greene works with busy women who want to develop heart healthy lifestyle so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less. As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country providing down-to-earth, ag-friendly, and energizing keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She is the author of 3 books and writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.
Eliz Greene survived a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggled to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and searched for a way to hold on to the perspective and passion she found in her near-death experience. Drawing on her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage stress.