Could the flu give you a heart attack?

Getting the flu is like getting a punch in the chest from a heavyweight fighter.

It can knock you down for the count, and not just when you're exhausted in bed as you battle the hacking, wheezing, coughing, and sneezing that mark the illness.

A new report shows how it can leave something else behind that can linger after all those symptoms fade.

It can lead to a decline in your health, causing serious and even deadly problems -- and some of them can be far worse than the flu itself.

An expert from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville told UPI that flu patients -- especially seniors -- face major risks after recovering that might seem to have nothing to do with the infection.

But clearly, there IS a link -- because between two weeks and one month after you recover from the flu, your risk of a heart attack jumps by as much as 500 percent.

Not only that, but your odds of a stroke triple.

It can even increase your risk of other serious problems, including disability.

The mainstream is calling this an urgent reason to get a flu shot ASAP.

Of course it is. That's the answer for everything: Get a flu shot.

Yet the very same week this new report about flu risks came out -- just as all the experts lined up to warn seniors to get the shot -- a second report emerged that didn't get nearly as much attention.

This one says that the shot mainstream docs are pushing is a total dud, with an effectiveness rate of just 10 percent.

That's right. It doesn't work, and it might actually turn out to be one of the least effective flu shots of all time (and that's saying something).

Put it together, and you have health officials urging Americans to get a shot that they now admit won't help.

You just can't make this stuff up!

I've got a better idea, and it works year after year -- no matter which strain of the flu becomes dominant.

It can cut your risk of getting the infection and lessen the blow if you do get sick.

I've developed a groundbreaking vaccine-free protocol to fight off the flu and other common winter infections. I use it myself this time of year, and I almost never get sick despite constant exposure to these viruses.

My plan starts with a science-backed natural immune-booster called N-acetylcysteine, or NAC. Take 600 mg per day to prevent the flu. If you happen to get ill anyway, up the dose to 2,000 and 3,000 mg per day for a quicker recovery.

Probiotics and vitamin D can also help your body to fight off the cold, flu, and more... so you stay healthy all winter long.

Want more? You got it! Check out the January 2018 edition of Health Revelations for everything you need to know about flu protection.