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 of
developing 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. Usually, people need only one dose of the pneumococcal vaccine. But
doctors sometimes recommend a second dose for some people, especially if they
have a long-term disease. Talk with your doctor about whether you need a second
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.