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Elderly at risk for heart problems after contracting flu virus

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UNITED STATES - Here's another reason to encourage your elderly loved ones to get a flu shot - the virus can increase the risk for heart problems, even after recovering from the illness.

Older adults can have a higher risk for heart attack and stroke for up to a month post-flu.

Two flu vaccines are recommended for people over age 65: a high-dose vaccine and another designed to help the shot work better. 

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