Flu vaccines may prevent heart attacks, too!

immunizationImmunization against the influenza lowered the probability of heart attack by 45%.  This Australian study  recently published in the journal Heart.

It is thought that acute infections, such as influenza, cause an increased production of disease-fighting inflammatory proteins.  It is these proteins which may clog up vessels and may precipitate a heart attack.

The World Health Organization notes that among seniors, the flu vaccine reduces severe illnesses and complications from the flu by as much as 60% and reduces deaths by 80%.

Have you had your flu vaccine this fall?

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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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