If you have diabetes, think about getting your flu shot
If you have diabetes, you are at a higher risk for developing serious health complications if you get sick. Act now prevent the flu by getting the flu shot
It’s that time of the year again: Flu season, which peaks from late November through March. According to the CDC, individuals with diabetes (type 1 or type 2) are at a high risk for developing complications of the flu.
These complications can include, but are not limited to, pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections. These complications can also lead to hospitalization and can be life-threatening. The flu can weaken the immune system, and as a result, it can make managing chronic conditions like diabetes a very challenging task.
Usually when sick, people with diabetes don’t feel like eating and that can cause blood sugar levels to drop. Always have a plan if you get sick. Your plan can include having remedy foods on hand such as juice or glucose tablets, having a stocked pantry with clear soups or broths, and knowing who to call for help. That can be a family member, a friend or a neighbor.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, who are 6 months and older, get a flu vaccine.
There is a precaution against giving the nasal spray flu vaccine to people with diabetes because its safety in people with diabetes and some other high risk conditions hasn’t been established.
The CDC recommends you follow these guidelines to help prevent the spread of flu
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu–like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities and limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
If you have diabetes and flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider right away.If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. However, these drugs work best if you take them within 2 days of getting sick