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Bad heart? Don't forget your flu shot.

April 23, 2020  · 1 min read

Amid a turbulent flu season, where discussion seems to have centered around the efficacy of this year’s flu vaccine, heartening news from a study done by Public Health Ontario is showing that the flu vaccine may offer secondary protection against heart attacks.

Protection from heart attacks has been shown particularly for groups such as older people, and people with cardiovascular and other chronic conditions, who are at high risk of complications.

Not only is the risk of heart attack moderated by the flu vaccine, but the vaccine has been compared to other long-term health measures, for example quitting smoking, in its prevention capacity.

This news is especially important considering recent additional research showing that the risk of heart attack increases sixfold in the week following a positive flu diagnosis, particularly among vulnerable groups.

While younger, healthier people may not be at as high risk of complications from the flu, they too can transmit the influenza virus to others who may be at greater risk.

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) 14th Global Conference theme Toward Healthy Ageing will feature current research on the connections between influenza, ageing, and chronic conditions.

For more information on these connections, contact the following experts from the IFA Expert Centre:


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    Prof. Jaco Hoffman

    Intergenerational Issues
    Population Ageing
    Public Policy
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    Mr. Howard Catton

    National Policy Advising
    Workforce Research
    Social Policy
    Industrial Relations
    Health Policy
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    Prof., Dr. Mike Martin

    Middle Adulthood
    Social Development In Old Age
    Cognitive Ageing
    Resources and Skills in Everyday Life
    Lifespan Development
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    Prof. Raina MacIntyre

    Epidemic Response and Emerging Infectious Diseases
    Personal Protective Equipment
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    Dr. Mauricio Hernández-Avila

    Cancer Epidemiology
    Public Health
    Environmenal Health
    Health Policy
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