I hope you’re aware that seasonal flu can be fatal. And if you’ve ever had the flu, you know you don’t want it again. So, here are some troubling statistics from the Centers for Disease Control:
- People with diabetes are three times more likely to die from flu complications than people without diabetes.
- Death rates from pneumonia and influenza among African-Americans with diabetes are double the death rates among whites with diabetes.
- Last year during the H1N1 pandemic, one out of every four people hospitalized with the flu had diabetes.
If you’re still debating about whether to get a flu shot this year, read our interview with Dr. Donna Younger from the Joslin Clinic at Joslin Diabetes Center, who says that everyone with diabetes over the age of six months should have a yearly flu shot.