Heart & Stroke researchers have been studying the impact of influenza on individuals living with heart disease and stroke. You probably already know that influenza is a contagious and infectious disease. You may also know that it is vaccine-preventable. But did you know that the risk of influenza-related complications and hospitalization increases with chronic health conditions?
For individuals 65+, influenza is a major public health concern, as seniors have often experienced one or more chronic conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Therefore, both the Public Health Agency of Canada and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that anyone with a history of cardiac events be vaccinated.
Seniors are generally less responsive to a standard dose of influenza vaccine given the natural weakening of their immune system over time. Speak to your doctor about options for flu vaccinations that could be more effective than the standard dose in adults 65+ years of age.
To learn more about this vaccine and how it can protect you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist and visit heartandstroke.ca/flushots.