Heart disease increases risk of complications from the flu

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I had some heart trouble earlier this year and have not yet gotten a flu shot. Is it safe for someone like me, who has heart issues, to get the vaccine?

ANSWER: In almost all cases, the answer is yes. Unless you have a specific reason for not getting a flu (influenza) shot -- such as an allergy -- the flu shot is very safe, even if you have heart disease.

In fact, heart disease increases the risk of complications if you get influenza, and, so, in your case, the flu vaccine would be strongly recommended. Influenza, or the flu, is a known risk factor for cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke, which sometimes can cause death. The flu also can...