Sep 9, 2022

Could Flu Vaccines Protect Against Stroke?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

A new study has identified an association between receiving an influenza vaccine and a reduced risk of stroke. The research is published in the journal Neurology.

Risk factors for stroke

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, causing damage to neuronal cells that in turn affects physiological functions in the body. There are different types of strokes that can occur: ischemic – where a blockage prevents blood from reaching the brain, hemorrhagic – caused by a bleed in or around the brain and transient ischemic attacks (TIA) which are strokes that last for a short amount of time. It’s estimated that one in four people aged 25 and over will be afflicted by a stroke in their lifetime.

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