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I am 80 years...

I am 80 years old, female. Last year I was in the hospital almost 3 months following a quadruple bypass and pacemaker insertion. I am in relatively good health now, although not as strong physically that I would like. My doctors are pleased with my recovery and medication response.

Doctor's Assistant: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?

No allergies, thyroid and cholesterol medication, 41mg/51mg entresto and 125mg digoxin 3 times a week, 81mg aspirin plus a multi vitamin daily. My primary doctor is adamant that I take the flu shot or else. I have never taken the flu shot and cannot remember the last time, if ever I have had the flu, certainly not in the 35 years I have lived in San Antonio. I am not a social person, do not get out much to be exposed except doctor's offices. Do I really have to get a flu shot? I was extremely upset when I left the doctor on Monday. She told me to come home and think about it for 3 days then make an appointment for a shot. I feel very strongly about this and have heard of too many people having gotten sick from taking the shots. Your opinion is appreciated.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Other than cataract removal two or three years ago, appendectomy when I was about 25 years old, I have always been extremely healthy, and when I was employed I very seldom took a sick day. Also, as cooler weather approaches, I take Vitamin C regularly. San Antonio winters are usually mild.

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 5 months ago

A general recommendation of flu shot in your age group is advised especially with a significant history of heart disease (quadruple bypass and pacemaker). The reason considered is that one may have low body resistance and flu can cause serious complications.

Having said that; looking at your history (no flu in past many years), while one should go by the recommendations, if you wish, you may avoid it. An individualized approach in this matter supervenes the general advisory.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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