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Title: Flu shot may prevent heart attacks: Study
Post by: CareDC on September 20, 2010, 08:00:03 PM
MONTREAL – U.K. researchers have found a link between the flu shot and a reduced risk of first heart attack, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Their findings suggest the seasonal vaccine is associated with a 19% drop in the rate of heart attacks and also indicates an early vaccination – between September and mid-November – further ups the benefits.

For now, scientists don’t know why influenza might cause heart attacks. But one theory suggests the flu could cause plaque in coronary arteries to become unstable and rupture, leading to blockages.

Health Canada currently recommends the flu shot for young children, people with suppressed immune systems and those over 65.

In Canada, the flu season runs from November to April. Almost 25% of us catch the bug each year. Health Canada estimates over 8,000 Canadians die each year from complications related to influenza.

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