Flu Shots And Diabetes

Regular flu shots are an important part of diabetes management.

Annually, some 10,000–30,000 people with diabetes die from complications resulting from flu and pneumonia, yet your loved one may be completely unaware of the importance of regular vaccinations. “People may be unaware that diabetes can make their immune system more vulnerable to severe complications from flu,” says Dr. Frank Vinicor, director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “A flu shot is an easy, safe, and preventive measure that people with diabetes should take to protect themselves from the risks associated with the flu.”

The CDC also recommends that persons with diabetes receive a pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine to protect against the most common form of pneumonia, because pneumonia coupled with other complications arising from diabetes—like heart disease and renal failure—can be fatal. In order to avoid spreading potentially dangerous germs to your loved one, everyone who lives in the house should also have proper vaccinations. If, however, any member of your family—including your loved one with diabetes—suffers from another chronic disease, ask his or her doctor before getting any shots.

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Adapted from Flu Shots Can Be a Life Preserver for People With Diabetes, prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Media Relations.

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