Can the flu shot damage your heart?

The American Heart Association wants us to “think red” during February for American Heart Month. It even sponsored a “Wear Red Day” at the beginning of the month.

But instead of wearing red, we should be seeing red over a new study about the flu vaccine and those suffering from heart failure.

Duke University School of Medicine researchers did a review of data covering several decades. And despite a whole lot of “unknowns,” they came to the conclusion that patients with heart failure should get their flu and pneumonia shots immediately.

Of course, the mainstream has been trying to convince us one way or the other to roll up our sleeves for these shots for a very long time now.

But here’s something you’ll never hear them talking about: the studies done over the years that have spelled out exactly how the flu shot can actually increase your risk of heart problems.

Not enough info, but…

At least these Duke University researchers admitted one thing: Vaccines are “incompletely studied” in HF patients, and we don’t really know what the “impact” on them may be.

However, let’s not split hairs over silly details like that, because the researchers’ conclusion was for HF patients to get them anyway.

But seriously, why bother with this kind of research in the first place, when I’m sure they knew from the get-go what their conclusions would be?

And while we may not know a lot about HF patients and the flu shot, other studies have found a frightening connection between the vaccine and damage to the heart.

A study done six years ago from researchers at the Institute of Cardiology in Rome, for example, found the flu vaccine can make you a sitting duck for a heart attack by:

  • Upping your risk of a blood clot,
  • Elevating a blood component called “C-reactive protein” which is an indicator of inflammation,
  • Reducing what’s known as “heart rate variability,” a sign of your overall heart health, and,
  • Causing “inflammatory cardiovascular changes” that can damage your heart.

Other research also has confirmed that heart-damaging inflammation can result from an influenza shot, with one study saying that the danger can continue for at least two weeks after a vaccination.

But even if you thought it might be worth taking a risk to try and dodge the flu, keep in mind that the shot doesn’t even work that well in the first place. In a good year, it’s only effective around nine percent of the time… and even less so for those over 65.

And aside from the risk to your heart, there’s more:

1. The flu shot recommended for seniors, called Fluzone High-Dose, has been linked to side effects such as low platelet counts, enlarged lymph nodes, life-threatening allergic reactions, extreme shoulder pain and facial paralysis, the devastating nerve disease Guillain-Barre syndrome and convulsions.

2. The pneumonia shot the Duke researchers say HF patients also need has been linked to “vaccine-type pneumonia,” hundreds of “serious adverse events,” and over 3,000 deaths (although Pfizer has denied that they were vaccine-related).

All such doubts about both safety and effectiveness, however, were cast aside or perhaps not even considered by the Duke University team.

But that’s hardly surprising, when you consider that the lead author reported “research support” from such Big Pharma heavyweights as Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Gilead, Medtronic, and Novartis.

Of course, if it was discovered tomorrow that the flu shot will cause people to grow green hair and a third eye, I’m positive we would still be told it was absolutely necessary!

Because you know how that old saying goes: When all you’ve got is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.

“Study: HF patients should get their flu shots” Alexandria Bachert, February 1, 2017, Medpage Today, medpagetoday.com