Flu, Pneumonia Vaccinations Linked to Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s, Researchers Say

Flu, Pneumonia Vaccinations Linked to Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s, Researchers Say
Vaccines against the flu and pneumonia are associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, while infections are generally linked to increased mortality among people with dementia, according to three research studies presented at this year's Alzheimer's Association International Conference, which is being held virtually this week. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are at the forefront of public health discussions," said Maria Carrillo, PhD, chief science officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. "This research, while early, calls for further studies in large, diverse clinical trials to inform whether vaccinations as a public health strategy decrease our risk for developing dementia as we age.” Previous research had suggested an association between vaccines and protection against cognitive decline but no comprehensive study had specifically focused on a possible link between the flu vaccine and Alzheimer’s. To address this gap, Albert Amran, a medical student at McGovern Medical School in Houston, and his colleagues searched 9,066 medical records for evidence of a possible link in their study, "Influenza Vaccination is associated with a reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease." They found that people who consistently got their annual influenza or flu shot had a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's. Their data revealed that the risk of Alzheimer's inversely correlated with the consistency of f
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