Study: Flu, pneumonia vaccines may also protect against Alzheimer's

WNYT Staff
Created: July 27, 2020 07:42 PM

Vaccines that protect against the flu and pneumonia may actually also protect people from Alzheimer's.

A study from the University of Texas looked at 9,000 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% depending on your genes.

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