TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s advisory board is urging all individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, and their caregivers, to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are able to.
According to the foundation, individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease are often older and at higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19, and family caregivers cannot provide proper care to their loved ones if their own health is compromised.
The AFA Medical, Scientific and Memory Screening Advisory Board emphasizes CDC data in its recommendation, saying that 80% of COVID-related deaths in the U.S. have been among adults 65 and older.
And mental and physical stress, which have been significantly increased during the pandemic, can also impact the body’s immune system.
“While there may be minor side effects as with any vaccination, such as fever, fatigue or pain/swelling at the injection site, they are normal signs that your body is building protection and pale in comparison to the dangers of contracting COVID-19,” said the AFA.