Flu shot may reduce blood clot risk

November 10, 2008 2:52:56 PM PST
Getting a flu shot may reduce the risk of getting a blood clot by 26-percent, according to a report. The benefit appeared stronger in those under the age of 52, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Annual Scientific Sessions in New Orleans.

The findings are the first to demonstrate such an effect but may help explain why the flu shot lessens the risk of cardiovascular events in people with coronary artery disease.

Experts hope this latest study convinces more people to get their annual flu shot.


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