Beverly Hills Cardiology

Can I get seasonal flu even though I got a flu vaccine this year?

Yes. There is still a possibility you could get the flu even if you got vaccinated. The ability of flu vaccine to protect a person depends on various factors, including the age and health status of the person being vaccinated, and also the similarity or “match” between the viruses used to make the vaccine and those circulating in the community. If the viruses in the vaccine and the influenza viruses circulating in the community are closely matched, vaccine effectiveness is higher. If they are not closely matched, vaccine effectiveness can be reduced. However, it’s important to remember that even when the viruses are not closely matched, the vaccine can still protect many people and prevent flu-related complications. Such protection is possible because antibodies made in response to the vaccine can provide some protection (called cross-protection) against different but related influenza viruses.

In order to discover more about influenza and whether you should get a flu vaccination please view this PDF by the American Heart Association.

Additionally, to read more information on the positive effects that flu shots can have on you cardiovascular health please read this Fox News article: Flu shot may decrease risk of heart attack and stroke

If you have other symptoms you are worried about concerning your heart or health please visit our conditions page for a complete list.