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Importance of a flu shot for people living with diabetes

Date Posted: Thursday, September 06, 2018

Benefits of the Flu Shot  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, even when well-managed, are at high risk of serious flu complications.  Examples of such complications include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections.  The flu, like any illness, can make it harder to control your blood sugar and could make it more difficult to fight infections.   When sick, your blood glucose can be variable, so it is important to check more often.  Click Here for our recommended Sick Day Rules.

Is it Safe

The American Association of Diabetes Educators says the flu shot is a safe and effective way to prevent or reduce the severity of previously mentioned complications.   The CDC points out that there has been extensive research supporting the safety of flu vaccines.

Will the Flu Shot Give You the Flu

No, flu vaccines cannot cause the flu.  They either contain inactivated virus, which are no longer infectious, or a particle designed to look like a flu virus to your immune system.

Effectiveness of the Flu Shot

It takes two weeks after receiving the flu vaccine for your body’s immunity to build up.   Vaccines change every year, to target what are considered to be the three strains of influenza virus that health officials feel are the biggest threat that year.  Flu shots are not 100% effective, but they greatly increase the chances that you will not get it.

How Long Does the Flu Vaccine Last

The flu shot lasts about six months.  The peak months for flu cases are January and February.  The beginning of September is considered the best time to get the vaccine.  

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