Flu vax may protect against MI

Getting a flu jab in middle age could also protect against MI, Australian research has suggested, prompting calls to extend the vaccination schedule to younger adults.

A Sydney study found an association between vaccination status and acute MI in over-40s, strengthening the case for influenza being a previously unrecognised risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

The study, which looked at 275 patients hospitalised with acute MI, found they were almost half as likely to have been recently vaccinated as