New research suggests that flu shots can prevent more than just the flu, and they can help you maintain your memory later in life.
Two studies were presented at the International Alzheimer’s Conference.
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They point out that annual flu vaccines can help prevent viral infections.
These are infections that provoke pathways, leading to memory decline.
The study suggests the following:
- At least one flu vaccination was associated with a 17% reduction in Alzheimer’s incidence. More frequent flu vaccination was associated with a 13% reduction in the incidence of Alzheimer’s.
- Vaccination against pneumonia between the ages of 65 and 75 reduced Alzheimer’s risk by 40%, depending on individual genes.
- Individuals with dementia have a higher risk of dying (6-fold) after infection than dementia (3-fold).
The study shows that the best benefits were seen in those who started taking flu shots at an early age.
You can read more information about the study at alz.org.
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