AAIC 2020: vaccinations linked with lower risk of Alzheimer’s dementia

Written by Sharon Salt, Senior Editor

Vaccinations – specifically those against influenza and pneumonia – have been associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease dementia, according to new research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC; 27–31 July 2020). The research presented at the conference indicated that having at least one flu vaccination was associated with a 17% reduction in Alzheimer’s incidence, whereas more frequent flu vaccination was associated with another 13% reduction in incidence. Additionally, vaccination against pneumonia was reported to reduce Alzheimer’s risk by up to 40% in people between the age of 65 and 75, depending on individual genes. “With the...

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