Diabetes – Flu And Pneumonia Shots

People with diabetes are in a high risk group for Influenza. It can leave them open to health problems and increased risk of complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis. 

Every person with diabetes needs a flu shot each year. Talk with your doctor about having a flu shot. Flu shots do not give 100% protection, but they do make it harder for you to catch the flu.

If you have a cold or other respiratory illness, wait until you are healthy again before having your flu shot. And don’t get a flu shot if you are allergic to eggs.

People with diabetes are about 3 times more likely to die with flu and pneumonia. But only one third of them ever get a simple, safe pneumonia shot. A pneumonia shot is recommended for anyone aged 2 or older who have chronic health problems such as diabetes.