Flu Shot a Lifesaver for Heart Failure Patients

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 — If you’re a heart failure patient, new research suggests you would be wise to get a flu shot every year.
After reviewing six studies that included more than 78,000 heart failure patients in the United States, Asia and Europe, researchers found that an annual flu vaccine reduced patients’ risk of death by 50 percent during the flu season and by 20 percent during the rest of the year.
It was also associated with a 22 percent lower risk of hospitalization for heart problems.
“It is well-known that influenza infection is associated with increased risk for mortality in heart failure patients,” said study author Dr. Hidekatsu Fukuta, a cardiologist at Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Japan.
“Given the high…
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