Flu vaccine may actually prevent heart attacks, experts say

21 February, 2018, 09:18 | Author: Lynne Higgins
  • First flu-related death of a child confirmed in Harris County

It's especially true for high risk people.

The number of new flu cases confirmed last week dropped substantially in Blair and Huntingdon counties but increased more than 50 percent in Centre and Clearfield counties, the latest figures from the Pennsylvania Department of Health show.

Researchers at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles talked to 340 women who complained of chest pain, but had no obvious blockages. Flu vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu that may be co-circulating at any given time, and people can get infected with more than one type of flu during the season.

The immune response might even change or rupture an arterial plaque, according to Dr. Laurence Sperling, director of Emory's Center for Heart Disease Prevention.

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While the vaccine does not completely ward off the flu, it still remains a person's best chance at escaping the virus or decreasing the severity of illness, local and federal health experts have said. Other regions, like parts of Europe and Hong Kong, have also reported a flurry of flu activity.

Specifically to Tennessee, the CDC reported a decline in the most current week for both the total number of positive flu reports in the state as well as the total number of patients visiting the hospital with flu symptoms compared to the previous week. The authors note that they studied only people who were sick enough to come to the doctor and get tested.

"It's been nearly a pandemic", said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease expert for Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a Pittsburgh physician.



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