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Influenza vaccines for preventing cardiovascular disease (Cochrane review)

International Literature

posted by WM Admin on 7 May 2015



This updated review published in 2008 investigates the potential benefits of influenza vaccination for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Eight randomised controlled trials were included. The authors conclude from the results of their analysis that "in patients with cardiovascular disease, influenza vaccination may reduce cardiovascular mortality and combined cardiovascular events. However, studies had some risk of bias, and results were not always consistent, so additional higher-quality evidence is necessary to confirm these findings. Not enough evidence was available to establish whether influenza vaccination has a role to play in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease".

This review is available to read in free full text at: 

Clar C, Oseni Z, Flowers N, Keshtkar-Jahromi M, Rees K. (2015). vaccines for preventing cardiovascular disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,  5, CD005050.