Vaccinations For Women With Heart Disease
Is it wise to immunize?
Vaccinations and Heart Disease
If you are a woman with heart disease, you have a lot of things to think
about:prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, cholesterol, blood pressure — the list can seem endless.Now you can add one more item: vaccinations. These days it is fairly easy to wander into just about any supermarket and get a flu shot, but it’s important to know what types of vaccinations (also known as immunizations) are safe for those with
heart disease. Here’s a list of what you should know — then make sure to talk
your health care provider before you get your next shot.
Flu shots: Yes, a flu shot is a good idea for anyone with heart disease — and
their family members, so that they don’t unintentionally pass along any nasty
Heart patients are at greater risk for complications from influenza than the
public, possibly because the illness inflames the arteries. Most importantly,
get a shot, not use the flu nasal spray (FluMist), because the spray is made
with a live
virus that can cause those with heart disease to actually come down with the
Pneumonia vaccine: Some women under the age of 65 may have never even heard
this vaccine, but it is generally recommended for anyone of any age who has
disease. The vaccine has caused some controversy because it has been tricky
determine if it actually decreases the incidence of pneumonia, but many
that it does and some research suggests that it may even significantly reduce
Smallpox vaccine: This vaccine was widely used until the early 1970s and
today is not
available to the general public. However, members of the military and some
and health care workers do receive the vaccine; concern about smallpox
increased a few
years ago in response to possible bioterrorism threats. The disease itself
eradicated in the 70s and today only exists in laboratories. No matter what,
heart disease should not receive this vaccine unless they have actually been
smallpox, because of the possibility of serious side effects.
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