What vaccines should I get if I have a heart condition?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who have heart disease should get the flu vaccine every year. Heart disease includes coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, vascular disease and stroke. It protects against the flu and the worsening of heart conditions due to flu.
To support the treatment for your heart condition, your healthcare providers may recommend these health maintenance measures:
  • An annual flu shot: Influenza vaccines can help you avoid this year's worst flu.
  • A pneumococcal vaccine: A "pneumovax" can help protect you from pneumonia, meningitis, and other serious infections.
Studies have shown that both types of vaccines are very safe and very effective.

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