Did you know that people with heart disease have an increased risk of pneumonia, respiratory failure, heart attack and death from the flu than those with healthy hearts? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu causes an estimated 36,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations annually in the United States and we are certainly in the middle of an epidemic now. While the best time to get a flu shot is in October or November, before the season starts, it’s never too late to be immunized. And remember – the flu isn’t just spread by someone sneezing or coughing in your vicinity. Most flu is spread by touching surfaces. So wash your hands often – not just after you use the bathroom — and avoid touching your face.