Flu vaccine decreases heart attacks!

JAMA recently combined the results of many studies which in over 6000 patients it was shown that  receiving influenza vaccination lowers the risk of cardiovascular events ( like heart attacks or strokes).  The benefit was even more pronounced in patients with known coronary artery disease.  In those patients, it decreased cardiovascular events by half.

It is estimated that less than 1/3 the general population in North America and less than 1/2 of those at “high cardiovascular risk” currently receive the annual flu vaccine.  The researchers said that the flu vaccine “could address a sizable component of residual cardiovascular risk not addressed by current therapy, and provide yearlong coverage through a simple innoculation.”

Please get your flu vaccine today!

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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