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A new study has revealed that the risk of having a heart attack increases six times higher in the first week after receiving a flu shot.
The findings, which were published in the European Heart Journal, show that the risk of having a heart attack is higher in the week after getting a flu shot than it is at any other time of the year.
The study, which was conducted by a team from Imperial College London, involved analysing the medical records of over 175,000 people in England and Wales who had received a flu shot between 2012 and 2015.
The researchers found that the risk of a heart attack during the first seven days after receiving the shot was six times higher than it was during the rest of the year. The risk was highest in people aged 60 to 69.
The authors of the study say that their findings should be taken seriously, as the flu shot is recommended for all adults over the age of 65, and for those with certain medical conditions.
Dr. Paul Hunter, one of the authors of the study, said: “Our study highlights the need to be aware that the risk of heart attack is highest soon after the flu shot and that individuals should be vigilant and seek medical attention if they experience any symptoms of a heart attack, such as chest pain, shortness of breath or nausea.”
The authors of the study also emphasize that the benefits of the flu shot far outweigh any potential risks associated with it, and that individuals should not be dissuaded from getting the shot.
Dr. Hunter added: “Given the clear benefits of the flu shot in reducing the risk of serious illness and death, it is important that individuals continue to receive the vaccine.”