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Flu Shot And Heart Disease

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Have you had your flu shot yet? Here’s yet another reason to roll up your sleeve. A study out of Women’s College Hospital in Toronto suggests that in addition to protecting against influenza, the vaccine can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, especially if you have a history of heart disease.

Researchers reviewed all of the clinical trials done on the influenza vaccine from 1947 through mid-2013. They found that those who received the shot were 36 percent less likely to have a heart event than those who hadn’t had a vaccine. And the benefits were even more pronounced for people who had recent heart attacks.The three trials that included those with recent heart disease found those who got the flu vaccine were 55 percent less likely to have another episode of heart disease.

Now only about 50 per cent of the general population gets the flu shot. The study’s lead author Dr. Jacob Udell, hopes his findings will persuade Canadians to get vaccinated.

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