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The wildest flu shot claim yet… DEBUNKED!

You’ve managed to avoid the needle stick for the last several winters — and keeping your immune system strong has helped you avoid a nasty influenza attack.

But since you won’t get vaccinated to prevent the flu, the mainstream has cooked up a different reason for you to get the flu shot: to protect your heart.

They’re going gung-ho over claims that a flu shot will somehow cut your risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common irregular heartbeat condition facing seniors.

Supposedly, if you don’t get the flu shot and then you get sick, your risk of developing A-fib jumps by 18 percent. Get the flu shot and don’t get the flu, and your risk of the condition drops by 12 percent.

But don’t roll up your sleeve just yet, because I’m here to poke a big hole in this study, which focused exclusively on seniors in Taiwan.

For one, you can take ANY finding about A-fib risk from Taiwan and toss it out the window…because it’s not going to apply to anyone else in the world.

Taiwan is where some 2.4 million of the island’s 22 million people chew this awful thing called a betel nut — which does screwy things to your heart’s rhythm, like increasing your risk of atrial fibrillation. If you’ve ever been there, you probably remember having to dodge the unsightly red spit puddles everywhere.

Yet in an editorial published with the study, researchers declared that the flu shot “could represent another simple, cost-effective intervention to prevent AF” and that the study uncovered “even more potential public-health benefits of the vaccine.”

Gimme a break!

I’ve got a couple of simple, safe steps you can take right now instead.

First, to prevent the flu, boost your D intake — it’s eight times more effective than the shot.

You can also boost your intake of fish oil, which cuts your risk of A-fib by 30 percent — making it 250 percent more effective than what this study claims about the flu shot.

And finally, stay away from anything that might send your heart racing — not just the exotic betel nut (which has also been linked to oral cancer), but other stimulants like caffeine, some prescription meds, and over-the-counter “alertness” aids and “non-drowsy” versions of cold and cough medications.

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