If you have diabetes, do you need a flu shot?

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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.

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6 Responses to If you have diabetes, do you need a flu shot?

  1. James Shields says:

    I would like to know if there is a chart showing the conversion of blood sugar moniter
    reading to the A1C reading available. If so, please print. Thanks.

  2. Jose Alfredo Guzman Gallardo says:

    I want to know, stadistics about teh flu and his complications. Please send me.

  3. Elisa says:

    I would like to know if an upper respiratory infection can change the blood sugar levels to make them higher.

  4. carol says:

    I have Type I Diabetes…can I do the Medifast diet where my carb intake is about 75 grams for the day? Could my doctor just dramatically cut my dosage of insulin so that I could follow this diet plan? Protein intake would be around 75 grams plus a day.

  5. nora (one of the dietitians) says:

    Dear Carol,
    I can’t comment on whether the Medifast plan would be acceptable for you in particular; you would have to discuss that with your physician. However, very low carb diets can be employed on a short-term basis with appropriate changes in medication and medical monitoring,.

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