Of course we get the flu vaccine for its protection against catching the flu. It also seems as though there are secondary benefits that go beyond the primary intent. For example people who get the flu vaccine are at reduced risk for developing atrial fibrillation.
This was the finding of a Taiwanese study of more than 11,000 people with a-fib to a comparable group without the condition. We are firm believers in the value of vaccination to prevent the disease. Additional benefits such as this are intriguing and add to the value of the vaccine.
Have you had your flu vaccine this year?