Monday, 17 October 2011
People dealing with diabetes should get a flu vaccine every year. You should get the flu shot fairly early in the Fall because it takes about two weeks to start working. Flu season can last until early Spring, so there are benefits of getting your flu shot until February. And if you haven’t already done so, a pneumonia shot is also recommended. This can be done any time during the year. One pneumonia shot is generally needed in a lifetime. Some conditions may require an additional pneumonia vaccine.
Why It's Important
Diabetes can weaken the immune system causing people with diabetes to be more likely to catch the flu and also to catch more severe cases of it. People with diabetes are six times more likely to be hospitalized with flu complications. People who have diabetes and get the flu or pneumonia are about three times more likely to die from it.
More Ways to Protect Yourself this Flu Season
*** Very Important Tip: Always talk with your family doctor before getting any vaccine. The flu vaccine should be avoided if you have an allergy to eggs, chicken, or if you have had a breakthrough flu, meaning you caught the flu two weeks or after getting your flu shot.
Most health insurance policies, including Medicare and Healthspring, cover costs for both the flu shot and pneumonia shot so there is no excuse not to get your vaccinations if you want them.
Dr. Paul Leavitt is a Board Certified Family Physician in Hendersonville, TN who practices at Leavitt Family Medicine. He is Accepting New Patients and Most Insurances including Healthspring and Medicare. We welcome your comments and questions. Let us know how we can help you today!
Posted on 10/17/2011 9:37 AM by Paul J. Leavitt, M.D.
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