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Flu vaccine prevents ischaemic events

Flu vaccination appears to prevent further ischaemic events in patients with coronary artery disease, a Polish study suggests.

The researchers randomised 658 patients with coronary artery disease, who were already on optimum treatment for their condition, to either get the flu vaccine or placebo.

After a median follow-up of 298 days, the estimated 12-month coronary ischaemic event rate was 6.0% in the vaccine group compared with 10.0% in those on placebo – a significant 46% reduction.

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