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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Flu vaccines are not only safe but they reduce major cardiovascular events
In a recently published report, the Flu vaccine has been shown to be associated with impressive reduction in major cardiovascular events. ]
The study examined 6735 patients (mean age 67 years-old, 36.2% with a cardiac history). The trial showed a significant lowering of risk of the composite endpoint of CardioVascular death, hospitalization for heart attack, unstable angina, stroke, heart failure and need for urgent coronary intervention. The number needed to treat was 58. This means that for every 58 patients that received the flu vaccine, one major cardiovascular event was prevented. This is a powerful effect.
I would encourage all patients to discuss the Flu vaccine with their physician. For older patients and those with known heart disease, I would strongly recommend that you receive a Flu vaccine