Most people get a flu shot each year to try to avoid getting the flu. Another great reason for considering getting a flu shot is it helps prevent possible heart attacks or strokes. There have been studies that found that there are significant benefits to receiving a flu shot. One study found that in test subjects over 60 years old who received a flu shot were 50% less likely to experience major cardiac events, like a heart attack or stroke, and were 40% less likely to die from cardiac causes.
In another study performed in 2010, 78,000 patients over the age of 40 and who had received a flu shot within the last year were 20% less likely to suffer a first heart attack, even if they had cardiovascular risks due to smoking, high cholesterol, hypertension, or diabetes.
The connection between heart attacks and strokes due to the flu is real. Researchers have reported that up to 91,000 Americans die each year due to a heart attack or stroke triggered by flu. The result of this research has resulted in the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology to recommend that patients with cardiovascular disease be vaccinated for the flu.
The Center of Disease Control recommends flu shots for anyone over the age of 6 months, but also cautions to check with your medical provider before getting one.
You can get more details and information by reading this article, The Shot That Prevents Heart Attacks.
The risks for not getting a flu shot can certainly be significant. If you haven’t received a flu shot this year, it isn’t too late. Check with your medical provider and get vaccinated.