BACKGROUND: The clinical impact of the influenza vaccination on cardiovascular outcomes in people with established cardiovascular disease (CVD) is still debated. AIM: The aim of this meta-analysis was to estimate the effect of influenza vaccination on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular outcomes among patients with established CVD. METHODS: We systematically searched all electronic databases from inception until 15 April 2022. Primary clinical outcomes were all-cause mortality (ACM), and major adverse clinical events (MACE). Secondary endpoints were heart failure, myocardial infarction, CV mortality, and stroke. RESULTS: Eighteen articles (five randomized trials and thirteen observational studies), with a total of 22,532,165 patients were included in the analysis. There were 217,072 participants included in the high cardiovascular risk or established CVD population (vaccinated n = 111,073 and unvaccinated n = 105,999). The mean age of the patients was 68 years old, without any difference between groups (69 vs 71) years. At mean follow-up of 1.5 years, vaccinated group was associated with lower risk for all-cause mortality [HR, 0.71(95%CI, 0.63-0.80), p < 0.001], MACE [HR, 0.83(95%CI:0.72-0.96), p = 0.01], CV mortality [HR, 0.78(95%CI:0.68-0.90), p < 0.001] and myocardial infarction [HR, 0.82(95%CI:0.74-0.92), p < 0.001] compared to unvaccinated group. While incidence of stroke [HR, 1.03 (95%CI, 0.92-1.06), p = 0.61] and heart failure [HR, 0.74 (95%CI, 0.51-1.08), p = 0.12] did not differ between the two groups. CONCLUSION: Influenza vaccination reduced major adverse clinical events, all-cause mortality, CV mortality and myocardial infarction. These highlighted the importance of influenza vaccination in established CVD or high cardiovascular risk.

  • Adults (18+)
  • Elderly (65+)
  • Efficacy/effectiveness
  • Influenza