Flu shot could cut risk of heart attacks

First flu-related death of a child confirmed in Harris County

First flu-related death of a child confirmed in Harris County

The flu vaccine may have a critical advantage past ensuring against influenza: It might likewise avoid heart attacks, particularly in those at high hazard, specialists say.

They say the flu shot has properties that act as if they were blood pressure medication.

The Department of Health said flu activity for the week ending February 17 decreased in every part of the state except the southeast, but it's too early to say whether the season has peaked.

The lower numbers reflect a similar pattern reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recent weeks. This can lead to a heart attack by blocking one of the heart's major arteries.

Having an intense ailment like the flu over an incessant cardiovascular issue can be "somewhat of an impeccable tempest", he said. "Not just to prevent the flu but as a means of preventing a heart problem".

They also urged the public to get vaccinated and reminded everyone that free flu vaccines can be found at all public health clinics.

Schwartz said it's not just the United States that's been hit with a particularly bad flu season; Canada has had a bump in flu cases, as well. Different districts, similar to parts of Europe and Hong Kong, have additionally announced a flurry of flu action. The middle age of those in the investigation was 77.

The effectiveness of the flu vaccine changes every year, according to the CDC. Doctors tell us there are four strains of flu, and you can get the flu a few times in the same season.

"This death is a somber reminder of the danger flu poses to our residents, especially those who are more vulnerable to develop serious flu complications" said Dr. Umair A. Shah, Executive Director of Harris County Public Health "Obtaining a flu shot and taking other preventive measures are your best lines of defense against the flu". For certain strains, like this year's H3N2 strain, that number may be lower.

"Some protection is superior to no protection".

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