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Vaccines May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk By Up To 40%

By |  Korin Miller |

Key Takeaways

  • The flu vaccine may lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Getting vaccinated regularly could lower the risk even more.
  • The pneumococcal vaccine may provide additional protection against Alzheimer’s.

Getting vaccinated against the flu may reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in the future, according to new research.

The research, which was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on July 27, is the result of an as-yet-unpublished study that investigated the health records of 9,066 people over the age of 60. After analyzing the data, researchers discovered that people who had one flu vaccine had a 17% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. But people who were vaccinated more than once over time had an additional 13% lowered risk of developing the disease.1

People who had the lowest risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease received their first flu vaccine at a younger age. 

“Our study suggests that flu vaccination may be helpful to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but further confirmation and actual clinical testing is needed to show this concretely,” study co-author Albert Amran, a fourth-year medical student with McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, tells Verywell.

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