Flu vaccine and MI. (Clinical Capsules).
Vaccination was not significantly associated with the risk of recurrent coronary events in 127 patients who experienced such events during the 2.3-year study of 1,378 patients who had survived at least 90 days after being discharged for a first myocardial infarction, Dr. Lisa A. Jackson of the University of Washington, Seattle, and her colleagues reported (Am. J. Epidemiol. 156:634-40, 2002).
The findings contradict those from two previous studies, but in those, the magnitude of risk reduction suggests that vaccination was not the only factor contributing to reduced risk, Dr. Jackson and her associates said. Nonetheless, other benefits of influenza vaccination in the elderly are well documented, and vaccination as per current guidelines is recommended.
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|Title Annotation:||myocardial infarction, the medical term for heart attack|
|Publication:||Internal Medicine News|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Mar 15, 2003|
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