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Flu Vaccination Decreases the Risk of Heart Attack

What with the twinkling lights, there is a dark side to the festive season: influenza. The flu season officially starts in the middle of October in Hungary. It is wise to vaccinate in advance not only to avoid the debilitating viral infection that often knocks one out for weeks but also to garner some unexpected long-term health benefits. It was found that the flu jab may decrease the risk of heart attack!  

Viruses thrive in the cold and damp, that’s why a wet autumn and mild winter are their favourite season. Taking basic hygiene seriously – such as washing your hands often and properly – is a good start for sanitary precautions, but obviously nothing beats the efficacy of flu vaccination. Those with increased risk – the elderly above 65 and the chronically ill – contract the virus more easily and may show more severe symptoms. With ageing, the body is less capable of fighting the virus and coping with infections, therefore vaccination is critically important for them. Research shows that vaccination in the 65+ demographic group lowers the risk of medically proven influenza infection by 24-56%. Moreover, should the infection occur despite vaccination, immunisation itself decreases by 30% the health complications of influenza, lethal or otherwise.

Heart-friendly immunisation

Chronic illnesses – such as pulmonary disease, diabetes or heart condition – make health complications far more serious. Vaccination is highly recommended for such patients. It has been well researched and proven across the general population that in the case of patients with cardiovascular disease there is a strict correlation between influenza infection and the number of

  • myocardial infarction fatalities and hospital admissions,
  • ischemic stroke fatalities,
  • cardiac failure hospital admissions.

According to the latest research, beyond the proven preventive methods promoted by cardiologists, influenza vaccination seems to further lower the risk of a recurring heart attack! Dr. Éva Junger, cardiologist at Dr. Rose Private Hospital, points out that apart from the primary prophylactic measures, such as giving up smoking, normalising body weight, doing regular exercises, regulating blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, the timely administering of flu vaccination is an effective way to prevent further complications in the case of cardiovascular disease.

Do not hesitate to contact our expert medical staff with queries about immunisation.