The flu vaccine would significantly reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center and Duke University Social Science Research Institute. They found that at least one influenza vaccine was linked to a 17% reduction in neurodegenerative disease, and getting the vaccine more often was linked to a 13% reduction.
The team of experts found that those who got vaccinated at a younger age had better protection against Alzheimer’s disease than those who got vaccinated later.
“Our study suggests that regular use of something very accessible and inexpensive, the flu vaccine, may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia,” says lead author Albert Amran. “We will have to look further to discover the biological mechanisms of this effect,” he adds.
In addition, the teams found that people with dementia are six times more likely to die from the flu. “It could be as simple as taking care of your health, by being vaccinated, you take care of yourself in other ways, and it can reduce the risks,” says Maria C. Carrillo, of the ‘Alzheimer Association.
In addition, other research has shown that the pneumonia vaccine reduced the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 40% in people aged 65 to 75.