Flu Shot May Help Your Heart, Too
Study sees reduced risk of cardiovascular trouble
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2013 7:08 PM CDT
File photo of a flu shot being administered.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

(Newser) – This year's public service announcements urging people to get a flu shot might have just gotten some extra ammo: New research suggests the shots not only help ward off the flu but protect the heart as well, reports the LA Times. An analysis of previous studies found that 3% of people who got the flu vaccine went on to have some kind of "cardiovascular event," as opposed to 5% who got a placebo, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That is, those who got flu shots reduced their risk by about a third of having a heart attack.

"If there are those out there who for whatever reason don't get the flu shot or don't feel that they need it … this is one more reason why they might help," the lead researcher tells Reuters. So what's going on? WebMD explains a leading theory: The flu triggers an inflammatory immune response in the body, and that inflammation could spell trouble for arteries, especially ones already compromised. If the shot keeps the flu away, all that is avoided. The researchers say those who already have heart disease should be especially vigilant about getting the yearly flu vaccine.

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Oct 23, 2013 10:55 AM CDT
LOL, could they get anymore desperate? People are waking up to the fact that an abundance of these useless shots are dangerous. For some people all it takes is one. They contain Mercury, Aluminum, formaldehyde, antibiotics, and the dangerous preservative Polysorbate 80. The aluminum has been shown to destroy motor neurons in the brains of mammals when given in injectable form. The death of motor neurons has been linked to the early on set of multiple neurological diseases. Merc and other giant vaccine and drug makers have a huge budget for propaganda.
Oct 23, 2013 12:32 AM CDT
Now they are just reaching.
Oct 23, 2013 12:31 AM CDT
When I turned 40, it would take 4 - 6 weeks to shake the flu. I got pneumonia one year from an infection that had me really sick for almost 2 months. My Dr suggested flu shots. I'm 51 and haven't had the flu since. It's free at Walgreens, never got sick from it.