If you have
heart failure, it is important that you do as much as
possible to avoid catching colds, the flu, and other respiratory infections.
Although these may be relatively minor illnesses in healthy people, they are
more dangerous if you have heart failure, and you are at higher risk for dangerous complications, such as pneumonia.
Wash your hands often,
especially when you are around people with colds or the flu. Avoid touching
your nose and eyes if possible. Germs can enter your body through these mucous
Get the flu vaccine each year, as soon as it's available. Encourage those you live with to do the
same, so they won't get the flu and then infect
Get the pneumococcal vaccine. Ask your doctor how many doses you need.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerStephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology