The flu is an infection caused by the influenza virus. It can cause some people to feel really sick. Some people even die from the flu. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot each year.
If you catch the flu, you might have some or all of these symptoms:
The flu is usually spread by droplets that travel in the air after people cough, sneeze or talk. You could also get the flu by touching something that has the flu virus on it and then touching your own mouth, eyes or nose.
The big deal is that it can make you really, really sick.
The flu can cause pneumonia (a serious lung infection), ear infections and dehydration. People with CHD have a higher risk of getting sick with the flu. They are also more likely to have heart rhythm problems and heart failure if they get the flu.
We have an easy answer for this: Get a flu shot each year.
You can get a flu shot from your local doctor or medical clinic. The flu shot helps your body build up its immune response to the flu. This means that if you are exposed to the flu virus, your body will be better prepared to fight it.
The flu season varies from year to year. To be safe, arrange your flu vaccine at the start of the flu season in September.
There is also a pneumonia vaccine that protects against chest infections. You should get this every 5 years.
This website is designed specifically for young people with congenital heart disease. The goal is to provide information to help people who are getting ready to move (or have recently moved) to adult heart care. We use the term ‘transition’ to describe this process. Family, friends and health care providers may also find this website helpful.
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We have a simple ‘Getting to Know You’ survey that we ask all visitors to complete (we don’t ask for any personal health information). Website browsing activity will be monitored so that we can learn about the people who visit the website, how often people visit the website, and the web pages that are visited most often. This will help us decide which changes and improvements to make to the website in the future. Results from this project will be described for groups of website visitors (i.e., not for individual users).
Anyone can visit this website and most users will create their own User IDs and passwords. However, there are also Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) and pediatric cardiology programs that have officially joined the iHeartChange team and work together to keep this website going. (You can find a list of the ACHD programs in the ‘Welcome to Adult Care’ section of the website). Some of these programs might choose to assign User IDs so that they can track of and how patients from their own programs visit the website. They might even want to track this for research. If you have been assigned a User ID from a program, that program might ask us to give them information about your answers to the ‘Getting to Know You’ survey, how many times you log into the website and which web pages you visit.
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We recommend that you register by creating your own User ID and password.
This will allow you to log in again and keep track of which pages on the website you visit.
If you visit them all, you can earn a transition diploma!
If you register, it also means that you won’t be shown the disclaimer & survey each time that you visit.
However, registration is not required.
Reminder: please write down your User ID and password for safekeeping
because we don’t store your email address for password reset!
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HELPING YOU MAKE THE MOVE TO ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE CARE
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This website is designed mainly for young people with congenital heart disease (CHD). The aim is to help people feel more ready to “transition” from pediatric to adult care. And we know that family, friends and health care providers might also want to check it out!
Since this is your first visit, please read our disclaimer!