Flu Shot And Pneumonia Vaccine Might Reduce Alzheimer's Risk, Research Shows


Several lines of evidence now suggest that two common vaccines against respiratory illnesses can help protect against Alzheimer's, too. How much brain protection they offer will require more intensive study to quantify, scientists say. Themba Hadebe/AP

For years, public health officials have been trying to dispel the myth that people who get a flu shot are more likely to get Alzheimer's disease.

They are not. And now there is evidence that vaccines that protect against the flu and pneumonia may actually protect people from Alzheimer's, too.

The evidence comes from two studies presented Monday at this year's Alzheimer's Association International Conference, which is being held as a virtual event.



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