Having survived a major heart attack on Thanksgiving two years ago I found a new study very interesting. “Scientists from TIMU Study Group and Network for Innovation in Clinical Research analyzed published clinical trials involving a total of 3,227 patients, half of whom had been diagnosed with heart disease. Participants, whose average age was 60, were randomly assigned to either receive flu vaccine or a placebo shot, then their health was tracked for 12 months.
Those who got the flu shot were 50 percent less likely to suffer major cardiac events (such as heart attacks or strokes) and 40 percent less likely to die of cardiac causes. Similar trends were found in patients with and without previous heart disease.”
Now I have been told to make sure I stay up on both flue and pneumococcal vaccines. Many times in life risks can be related. By reducing one risk we may also be reducing the chances of another risk event. In this case I will be adding getting both these vaccines to my electronic calendar. That way I can make sure I am up to date on both. I currently have my doctor’s office remind me. But you can now get a flu shot at move pharmacies and my insurance covers vaccines. So it just makes sense that I plan for this risk myself and just let my doctor know when I had which vaccine.
When it is easy to manage risks ourselves it is a good idea for us to take responsibility and manage them.