New research finds flu shot beneficial to heart

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by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News

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Posted on October 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 4:02 PM

There's a new reason to roll up that shirt sleeve and get a flu shot, and it has nothing to do with coughs and sneezes.

In a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), research shows the vaccine not only prevents the flu, but it can also help protect your heart.

Past studies suggest the vaccine may help protect patients from heart attacks and stroke. But this new research takes a closer look at what happens to patients with heart disease who receive the flu vaccine compared to a placebo or standard care.

Scientists say a large trial is warranted to further research these findings.
 

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