BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - New research shows getting your annual flu shot could prevent heart attacks in some people.
Even though it's still summer, it is not too early to begin thinking about getting the shot this year. And now, there's even greater reason to get vaccinated.
A study in Australia indicated that the risk of heart attack was reduced 45 percent in people who got their flu shot. Dr. Stanley Schwartz, professor of medicine at UB Medical School and chief of internal medicine at Kaleida Health, thinks the report is impressive, even though he can't explain it.
"Just getting vaccinated against flu has a beneficial effect against heart attacks and I have to tell you that it;s a remarkable observation; seems like it's a very well done study, but I don't have a clue as to why that would work," Dr. Schwartz said. "It seems like a decent study. It's not a huge number of people, but it's a large enough number to suggest that the findings are solid."
For those who avoid getting a flu shot, he says the common excuse is bunk.
"One of the excuses I keep hearing from people about not getting their flu shot is that it gave me the flu. And that's not the case," Dr. Schwartz said. "There's no good excuse not to get a flu shot, and there now seems to be an additional benefit why you should get the flu shot beyond protecting you from influenza. I'm all for it."
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