Importance of influenza vaccination in patients with CVD
Influenza vaccination should be implemented in routine cardiac patient care, according to the authors of this Point of View article. Physicians should actively advice their patients to get the influenza vaccination and discuss concerns about vaccine safety and low perceived risk of influenza with their patients to overcome vaccine hesitancy.
Influenza is associated with an increased risk of hospital admission for acute MI in the first 7 days after confirmation of influenza [1,2]. The influenza vaccine has an effectiveness of about 29% (95% CI 9-44) to protect against acute MI . In addition, influenza vaccination reduces MACE by 36% in patients at high risk of CVD as shown in a meta-analysis .