Flu vaccination was associated with an 18% reduced risk of premature death.
Getting an annual influenza vaccine may help save heart failure patients’ lives, according to data published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.
Daniel Modin, an investigator from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and other researchers analyzed data on 134,048 patients with newly diagnosed heart failure over a 12-year period. Flu vaccination rates ranged from 16% in 2003 to 52% in 2015 with a peak of 54% in 2009. Among the researchers’ findings:
Modin explained in a statement on the study that while this research only looked at patients with newly-diagnosed heart failure, the protection from a flu shot likely benefits any patient with heart failure.
“Recent studies have indicated that the influenza vaccination coverage of patients with heart failure is inadequate,” said Modin. “I hope that our study can assist in making physicians and cardiologists who care for patients with heart failure aware of how important influenza vaccination is for their patients. Influenza vaccination may be regarded as a standard treatment in heart failure similar to medications.”
Modin D, Jørgensen M. Gislason G, et al. Influenza Vaccine in Heart Failure: Cumulative Number of Vaccinations, Frequency, Timing, and Survival: A Danish Nationwide Cohort Study. Circulation. 2018;139:00—00. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.118.036788.