Flu and pneumonia vaccines may lower Alzheimer’s risk

People who got at least one flu vaccine were 17% less likely to develop Alzheimer's or dementia.
Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 11:07 AM EDT
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(WILX) - New research links flu and pneumonia vaccination to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

A study from the University of Texas looked at 9-thousand older adults. People who got at least one flu vaccine were 17 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia. The risk was even lower for more frequently vaccinated seniors. as well as those who received their first vaccine at a younger age.

A second study from Duke University found the pneumonia vaccine reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 40 percent, depending on individual genes.

The study was led by researchers at University of Texas Health Science Center and Duke University and presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2020.

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