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Flu shot prevents heart attacks
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engineerguy posted:
Hi folks,

A new study in JAMA (primary author Jacob Udell) shows that the flu vaccine reduces heart attacks, strokes and other serious atherothrombotic events. Overall, the flu shot reduced serious cardiac events by 36%, from 4.7% to 2.9% (average follow-up 7.9 months). 4.7% of the non-vaccinated folks had a cardiac event. That's a lot!

The higher risk the patient, the stronger the effect. 6735 persons with cardiac risk factors were in the meta-analysis (avg age 67). For those with a cardiac event within a year prior to the study, the flu shot reduced severe cardiac events by 56%. WoW. For those without a cardiac event in the prior year, cardiac events were reduced 5% (still not bad, for a flu shot).

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1758749

Best regards, EngineerGuy (Stacy)
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josvin84 responded:
Is it not the time of year when people are invited to have thier flu shots? Folks it may or may not work against the flu but it will prevent heart attacks. The article does not talk about casual effect.

I had one flu shot 10 years ago and I felt ill for almost four days. No more flu shots for me. I will stick to diet and lifestyle.

Josvin


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