Your Health 10-29-12: Flu vaccine helps protect the heart

Getting a flu shot may protect your health in more ways than one.

New research suggests the flu vaccine also protects you from heart attacks.

Cardiologist, Dr. Jacob Udell, at Women's College Hospital and the University of Toronto found that study participants who got a flu shot had about a 50 percent reduction in heart attack, stroke or other major cardiovascular events.

Researchers re-evaluated four randomized study results that looked at how the influenza vaccine might help heart health. In all, the studies had more than 3,200 patients.

Some of the people in the trials were free of heart disease, while others either had stable cardiovascular disease or had recently had heart attacks or other coronary problems.