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.
Why do half of Americans fear the H1N1 swine fluvaccine more than pandemic flu itself?
It's a problem that bedevils the huge effort now underway to offer the vaccine to all Americans who want it.
"People have concerns about vaccination ... despite the clear message from all of us in public health and doctors throughout the health care field that vaccine is our best tool to protect against the flu," CDC director Thomas Frieden, MD, said at a news conference aimed at convincing U.S. residents to...
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.