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Esther Heerema, MSW

Do Flu Shots Affect Your Chances of Developing Alzheimer's?

By October 14, 2012

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'Tis the season for flu shots, apparently. Everywhere I go, I see signs reminding people to get immunized against influenza. But is a flu shot right for you? Is it good for everyone? Does it have risks?

Some people are concerned about immunizations and the preservatives added to certain types of shots, and elect not to receive them. Others, however, including most health organizations, outline the risks of influenza and its potential complications, especially for older adults, and strongly recommend immunization.

Of particular interest to me is the question I've been hearing lately: Does getting an annual flu shot increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's?

If you ask around or look online, you'll hear and see many different thoughts and opinions. In order to provide an answer to that question, I set out on my own quest for scientific research and verifiable data. Here's what I found:

Flu Shots and Alzheimer's Disease: Do Flu Shots Increase or Decrease Your Chances of Developing Alzheimer's?

Please feel free to share your thoughts below.

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