The risk of a heart attack increases 600% within a week of having the flu. Other respiratory infections also increased risk, but influenza caused the greatest.
If you do nothing else the next few days, get a flu shot. The best time to get a flu shot is by the end of October,
To protect yourself, get vaccinated to minimize your risk of getting the flu. To reduce the chance you might catch or spread the flu, wash your hands.
The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic killed 50-100m people. A major influenza pandemic on this scale will happen again, and we’re unprepared.
100 years ago, an influenza pandemic swept the globe, infecting an estimated one-third of the world’s population and killing at least 50 million people.