Are there Risks for Diabetics with a Flu Shot?

There are a lot of misconceptions about immunizations. Diabetics can't afford to ignore the facts.

Risks

Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics are at higher risk of flu complications than non-diabetics. Even if your diabetes is well managed, you still have an increased risk.

Because diabetes can compromise the immune system, your body may not be able to effectively fight off the infection. Diabetics are three times more likely to be hospitalized from the flu or to get pneumonia.

Being sick can also throw your blood sugar out of whack and make it hard to manage.

Getting the Shot

The CDC recommends the flu shot for diabetics. It's been shown to be both safe and effective.
Contrary to popular misconception, flu shots don't give you the flu. The vaccination is made with inactivated viruses or without the flu virus at all. The side effects of the shot are normally mild, and far less serious than what a full-blown case of the flu can do to you.

Discuss the flu shot with your health care provider—it’s better to prevent a problem than it is to deal with it.

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