Tags: Heart Disease | High Blood Pressure | High Cholesterol | flu | shot | dr | oz

Flu Shot Helps Heart

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 08:00 AM

When the giant Philistine soldier Goliath saw the Israelite shepherd boy David stroll out of an olive grove, sling in hand, to challenge him, we wouldn't be surprised if the giant had thought something like, "Take your best shot, kid."

Down went Goliath.

Today modern medicine is bringing down another giant, influenza, one shot at a time.

In fact, in the past six years, more than 13 million illnesses and 100,000 hospitalizations have been avoided because folks got their seasonal flu vaccine!

And now a major review reveals that if you've had a heart attack or stroke, getting an annual flu shot will slash your risk of another cardiac event by up to 55 percent. This builds on a previous study that found a flu shot cuts the risk of a heart attack by 45 percent for folks who have cholesterol-clogged arteries but haven't yet had a heart attack.

Flu shots are for everyone 6 months and older. This year, there is a standard shot available against two strains of influenza A and one of B (a trivalent vaccine).

There's a version for folks 18 and older who are allergic to eggs, and there's a high-dose version for people 65+. And if you're 18-64, the standard vaccine can be administered using an ultrathin needle for a lot less ouch!

Another version (called quadrivalent) also is available. It protects against two strains of A and two of B. It's also available as a nasal spray for healthy folks 2 to 49. So, take your best shot!

© 2013 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


© King Features Syndicate

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Advocating Avocados

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 10:26 AM

By itself, an avocado is a great way to lower your lousy LDL cholesterol, and to give yourself a major heart-loving boos . . .

Easier Recovery From Knee Replacement

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 10:59 AM

Most of the 600,000 folks who have knee-replacement surgery each year in North American would agree that the pain is pre . . .

Harness Brain Power to Build Muscles

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 10:38 AM

In the 1970s, when psychic Uri Geller bent spoons, he claimed that he did it with his mind. But debunker James "The Amaz . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved