Study: Flu Vaccine May Decrease Risk of Cardiovascular Events

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The annual flu vaccination is an important preventative measure that adults with high risk of infections should receive. Many types of disabling conditions such as cancers and heart disease put patients at higher risk of contracting the flu virus, which is starting to make its way around the country.

Flu season has begun and the 2013-2014 vaccination is available at doctors’ offices, walk-in clinics, hospitals, many pharmacies, and through local community health programs. Doctors often advise patients suffering from a disability to get the vaccine simply to prevent complications associated with the flu, but now there may be another benefit to the shot.

Study Finds Link to Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Events

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that there is a strong correlation between decreased occurrence of cardiovascular events and administration of the flu vaccine. A research team in Toronto analyzed clinical trials of the influenza vaccine where cardiovascular events were also tracked.

The researchers analyzed randomized clinical trials studying the vaccine and cardiovascular events. They found that of 3,238 patients given the flu vaccine and tracked for one month in five published trails, only 95 patients experienced a cardiovascular event. That’s compared to the 3,231 patients given a placebo where 151 experienced heart-related events.

Make Sure You Receive Annual Shots

With new strains of flu every year it’s important to make sure you receive the new vaccine on an annual basis. Most years the latest update is available in late summer or early fall, and the 2013-2014 vaccine is available now. Protecting yourself from the influenza virus is especially important for patients with immune systems already compromised by a disabling illness.

At Disability Help Group we want to help our clients stay healthy year-round. We work for you, taking the initiative on your disability claim to ensure you’re getting the benefits to which you are entitled. For a free claim evalutation and information on the benefits for which you may qualify, contact us today – 888-234-5758.