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Influenza Vaccine

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WHAT IS INFLUENZA?

Influenza, also called “the flu,” is caused by the influenza virus. It affects the lungs and can cause symptoms such as fever and trouble breathing. Most people recover from the flu on their own. But, in some people who are older or have long-term medical problems, the flu can be a serious or even deadly illness.

Influenza is a seasonal illness and affects most people during the winter months. In the United States, January and February tend to be the worst months for flu, but people can get the flu as early as October and as late as May. Each year the virus changes slightly, and the resulting different types of viruses are called strains. Some strains cause more serious illness than others. These strains are sometimes given special names, such as “swine flu” (H1N1) or “avian flu” (H5N1 and H7N9).

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

The season for influenza vaccine is upon us.  Its never been easier to get a "flu shot" - available at pharmacies, senior & community centers and docotr's offices.  Get one today (if your over 6 months old).

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Influenza Vaccination May Improve Cardiovascular Outcomes

Influenza Vaccination May Improve Cardiovascular Outcomes | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Use of the influenza vaccine, particularly among high-risk patients with acute coronary syndrome, is linked to lower risks of major adverse cardiovascular events, according to new findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"In our meta-analysis of 6735 patients with varying degrees of cardiovascular risk, influenza vaccination was associated with a significantly lower risk of major adverse cardiovascular event," the study authors said. "The risk associated with influenza vaccination was robust, with a greater association seen among patients with recent ACS compared with patients with stable CAD."

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

The flu shot is a low cost, safe and effective strategy to reduce major heart events for patients at risk.   The data is so compelling that healthcare plans and hospitals and practices no require all health care workers (doctors, nurses and others) to be vaccinated annually and it is considered an important quality measure for healthcare delivery systems.

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