Flu vaccine reduces heart attack risk, UNSW study finds

Those of us at risk of heart disease because of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress, or being over 50 should get flu vaccines every year to almost cut our risk of heart attack in half.

An Australian study has found the flu vaccine can almost halve the chances of a heart attack for middle-aged people showing signs of heart disease.

"The flu vaccine reduces the risk of heart attack. It has a protective effect of (a) 45% reduction of the risk of heart attack.

"What we were able to do is compare the vaccination rates and the heart attack rates between people and measure vaccine effectiveness."

Professor MacIntrye says the findings add weight to arguments that the flu vaccine should be recommended for people over the age of 50, who are generally at a higher risk of suffering a heart attack.

... there is potentially a significant population health impact from a vaccine that can reduce the risk of heart attack," ... [second emphasis mine]

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