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.
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.”
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