We have almost forgotten about her. The flu, a pathology par excellence during the cold months, has gone completely unnoticed this winter. And it is that the coronavirus prevention measures and the high vaccination rates against this disease have managed to erase the flu from the health map of our country.
The data that the Influenza Surveillance System in Spain offers each week are clear: since the start of the flu season, only 12 detections of this virus have been reported.
Well, according to a study by Prince of Asturias Hospital of the Community of Madrid The benefits of getting vaccinated against the flu are not only reduced to avoiding the spread of this virus, but it can also reduce the risk of myocardial infarction in people 60 years of age and older.
Published in the prestigious magazine of the American Heart Association (JAHA), this report also suggests that the flu virus plays a critical role in the breakdown of atheroma plaques (the clumps of cholesterol that form on the walls of arteries) that cause heart attack.
The investigation is led by the jHead of Cardiology at the Prince of Asturias University Hospital, Alberto García-Lledó, and the Head of Clinical Pharmacology at the same hospital, Francisco José de Abajo, also professor of Pharmacology at the University of Alcalá.
The study was based on analyzing the relationship between influenza and myocardial infarction during five periods, between June 2013 and June 2018.
For this, a sample of 8,240 patients who suffered a myocardial infarction was taken in which the rupture of an atherosclerosis plaque was confirmed during a primary angioplasty (cardiac catheterization aimed at opening the obstruction caused by the ruptured atheroma plaque). As associated variables, the minimum temperature and whether the patients had been vaccinated or not were included.
The results showed that flu and cold temperatures were independently associated with an increased risk of this type of flu. heart attack, and that flu vaccines could reduce that risk among people 60 years of age and older.
In this sense, the head of Cardiology of the Hospital Universitario Príncipe de Asturias It also points out that Public Health experts consider that the flu vaccination rate should be between 60% and 70% for people over 60 years of age, as well as for those with high-risk conditions and health professionals.
In fact, this vaccination campaign has reached 65% coverage in people over 65 years of age, a percentage unknown until now in our country.
It should be remembered that in the 2019-2020 flu season, 3,900 people died from this virus, and 1,800 required admission to FIA due to complications derived from infection by the flu virus.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.