Flu Shot Important for People with DiabetesPeople with diabetes (type 1 or type 2) are at high risk of serious flu complications, often resulting in hospitalization and sometimes even death, according to the CDC. You can prevent complications with a flu shot.

Harvard's Joslin Diabetes Center says that just having the disease is putting you at greater risk for having the flu even if your diabetes is well-managed.

Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections are examples of flu-related complications. Your diabetes can worsen since the immune system is less able to fight infections. As your body is fighting various illness it can become harder to control your blood sugar. The flu shot is your best defense against the flu and complications.

The flu season spikes around January and February, but lasts until about May. It usually takes 2 weeks for your immunities to build up and for the shot to take effect. Consider vaccinating your entire family so the flu doesn't get passed around. You are much less likely to get the flu if the people around you don't have it.

Symptoms of influenza can include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • possibly vomiting and diarrhea

Get your flu vaccine so you can avoid the flu and its complications. Stop by Rice's today, we've got you covered.

Tammy Goff, RPh
Diabetes Educator

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