AHA/ACC recommends annual flu shot

September 25, 2006

Patients with cardiovascular disease are more likely to die from influenza than are patients with any other chronic condition, according to the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. In a scientific advisory, the organizations are now recommending that cardiologists give flu shots to their patients in an attempt to reverse these odds.

Patients with cardiovascular disease are more likely to die from influenza than are patients with any other chronic condition, according to the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. In a scientific advisory, the organizations are now recommending that cardiologists give flu shots to their patients in an attempt to reverse these odds. Last year, only one in three adults with cardiovascular disease was vaccinated against flu. According to the lead author of the advisory, Matthew M. Davis, M.D., the target goal of Health & Human Services is to vaccinate 60% of people with heart disease under the age of 65 and 90% of those 65 and older, many of whom have heart disease Patients with cardiovascular disease should not get the nasal spray formulation of the flu vaccine, however, cautioned AHA/ACC.

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