According to the CDC, 3,000 to 49,000 people die from flu and more than 200,000 are hospitalized due to flu complications each year. Studies also show that death from the flu is more common among people with heart disease than among people with any other chronic illness.
Q: Do we get sick less often as we get older because we’ve been exposed to everything?
A: When it comes to infectious diseases, this is largely TRUE.
Once we endure the sniffles, coughs, and flu bugs of childhood and adolescence, most of us can expect to be "under the weather" a lot less as adults.
"If you’re an adult, you’ve probably had most of the childhood diseases already and have an acquired immunity, so your resistance is a little higher," says Russell Robertson, MD, chair of family...
In addition, some new findings show that the risk of having a heart attack or stroke doubles or triples with a respiratory infection such as flu. Researchers believe this may explain why heart attacks and strokes occur more commonly during winter months. Take steps now to prevent having serious problems with flu.
What Are Symptoms of the Flu?
With the flu, the miserable symptoms usually come on quickly. You may experience the following signs and symptoms of flu:
Fever (usually high)
Severe aches and pains in the joints and muscles and around the eyes
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. It is important to learn about your heart to help prevent heart disease. And, if you have cardiovascular disease, you can live a healthier, more active life by learning about your disease and treatments and by becoming an active participant in your care.