Flu Linked to Decrease of Heart Disease
Alexandra Sifferlin of Time Health & Family recently published an article regarding the link of receiving a flu shot and a lower risk of heart disease.
It is reported by researchers of the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, that the influenza vaccine may reduce the risk of heart related disease and death by up to 50%. It is recommended that people at high risk for flu-related complications, including people with heart disease, get vaccinated.
According to the article, those who received the flu vaccine had a 50% reduced risk of suffering major cardiac events like heart attack and stroke and a 40% reduced risk of heart-related death after one year.
FDA approves new type of flu shot
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new flu vaccine for adults that is not egg-based, although it hasn’t yet been tested on people with egg allergies.
The manufacturing process for the vaccine, called Flucelvax, is similar to the egg-based production method, but the virus strains included in the new vaccine are “grown in animal cells of mammalian origin instead of in eggs,” the FDA says.
“The cell-based vaccine is as safe and effective as traditional egg-based vaccine and the technology used to manufacture it is more flexible and reliable than the traditional technology,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a statement Tuesday.
It is, however, only approved for adults 18 and older, according to the FDA.
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