DVB posted a note for Autumn that says:
Hi Autumn - as always, consult your physician. But a couple of things. Flu vaccines are on average very good for people. Large studies have shown that getting the flu shot reduces overall mortality risk by 30% over the following year. Literally nothing else is as cost effective. This is on average, so the question is whether this holds for folks with mv regurgitation too. Maybe so - my cardiologist makes sure he gives all his patients a flu shot every year.
Flu is often well tolerated, though uncomfortable. But those with pre-existing conditions fare worse. So I think you are smart to be more worried about the flu than the vaccine.
Jo Beckett posted a note for Autumn that says:
Hi Autumn, my GP recommended the flu vaccine because I had MV regurgitation. I had the shot for many years and will continue to do so now that my valve has been repaired (sept 13).