If you have diabetes, it’s important that you get vaccinated against the flu. When people with diabetes contract the flu, their blood glucose levels tend to rise, and their recovery time is often longer than that of people who don’t have diabetes.
Besides its own unpleasant side effects, the flu can lead to other severe ailments, including dehydration and pneumonia. According to Mayo Clinic, people with diabetes are three times as likely to die from the flu and pneumonia than people who do not have diabetes.
You may be afraid that you will catch the flu from the vaccine. Fortunately, you cannot catch the flu from most formulations of the flu vaccine. The most common side effects of the vaccine are minor, and they only last a couple of days. The side effects include pain and redness around the injection site and a low fever.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against the flu. Children, senior citizens, pregnant women, people with chronic conditions (including diabetes) and people with lung, kidney or heart disorders are more likely to experience serious side effects if they contract the flu. It is important for people in these high risk groups, and for those who live and work with them, to be vaccinated against the flu every year.
Everyone should take these basic precautions to help keep each other healthy through the flu season:
- Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleanser.
- If you do get the flu, stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after your fever ends to avoid infecting others.
When you live with diabetes, you know that it is important to be proactive with your health. Visit your local CarePro Pharmacy for a flu shot soon. No appointments are necessary- we’re happy to help you when you stop by.