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!