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Could we develop a vaccine for heart disease?  There is about 20-30 years of data in a range of studies that show that if you immunise mice with pneumococcal vaccine, it limits the build up of plaque on artery walls.  And this evidence is now pushing forth into proposed human trials.

From this week, the Australian Study for the Prevention through Immunisation of Cardiovascular Events (AUSPICE) is recruiting 6000 men and women aged 55 to 60 years across six centres: Newcastle, Gosford, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.  You can apply to be involved.

The background to the human trials are rather interesting.  When mice get immunised with Pneumococcal vaccine they have been shown to generate antibodies.   Those antibodies cross react with the plaque in the arteries and they eat it away.  They recruit the white blood cells to work with them and mice treated with the immunotherapy then have a lower incidence of heart attack and stroke.  The hope of the study is to prove that the pneumococcal vaccine will cause regression of artherosclerosis.

Over the last 10 years, there has been about 5 studies that have shown the pneumococcal vaccine appear to have a 25-50% less heart attacks and strokes compared to people who don’t.  Some say “yes this could be effective vaccine”; or others say that those who are immunised are the naturally healthier people, or the ones that choose healthier pathways in life.  Would you be interested in participating in the clinical trial.

The study is recruiting through Medicare, and more information is available here.


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Like all vaccines, this one will probably also contain deadly chemical additives. All of us need to know that all vaccines contain deadly, neurodamaging chemicals like aluminium, mercury and formaldehyde. Many vaccines are also loaded with monosodium glutamate (MSG), antibiotics and even genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
    Heart disease, diabetes and stroke are all food allergy related diseases. Eating fresh, nutrient-dense organic food and living a healthy lifestyle also helps boost your immune system, allowing you to overcome and develop resistance to diseases naturally.
    Surely heart disease and stroke are not caused by a lack of vaccines.

  2. “The studies APPEAR to show a 25%-50% reduction in heart disease and stroke. Would not be enough for me to risk the vaccination. I think other methods of trying to reduce the incidence of heart disease and stroke would be preferable.

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