Two vaccines could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Local research shows seasonal vaccines could reduce the risk of Alzheimer's

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The role of the flu and pneumonia vaccines in possibly reducing risk of Alzheimer’s, according to medical experts.

Right now, Alzheimer’s currently affects 580,000 Floridians, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

People living with dementia are commonly exposed to other health conditions including viral, bacterial, and other infections.

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Three research studies reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference show at least one flu vaccination was associated with a 17% reduction in Alzheimer’s incidence. More frequent flu vaccination was associated with another 13% reduction in Alzheimer’s incidence.

Vaccination against pneumonia between ages 65 and 75 reduced Alzheimer’s risk by up to 40%.

Dr. Svetlana Ukraintseva, Research Professor in at Duke University investigated links between pneumococcal vaccination.

She and her researchers found that pneumococcal vaccination between ages 65-75 reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 25-30% after adjusting for sex, race, birth cohort, education, and smoking.”

Vaccinations against pneumonia before age 75 may reduce Alzheimer’s risk later in life, depending on individual genotype,” Ukraintseva said. “These data suggest that pneumococcal vaccine may be a promising candidate for personalized Alzheimer’s prevention, particularly in non-carriers of certain risk genes.”