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,
A Pierce County man in his 40s died Oct. 22 in the hospital from flu-related complications. He had chronic health concerns that increased his risk for complications.
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.
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.