LISTEN: Why the flu shot could help your heart
Scientists don't know why yet but they've established that people in their mid-60's would be well advised to get an annual flu shot, not only to reduce the risk of getting the flu but also to reduce the risk of a major cardiac event including a fatal heart attack.
Dr. Jacob Udell, a cardiologist at Toronto's Women's College Hospital led a team that discovered this significant reduction in risk.
"There was about a 33 percent reduction in risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other major cardiovascular events," says Udell.
For people who had already suffering a heart attack, their chances of suffering another major cardiac event within a year are 55 percent lower by getting the flu vaccine.
NEWSTALK 1010 Medical Correspondent Dr. Mitch Shulman discussed the findings with Moore in the Morning...