NetWellness is a global, community service providing quality, unbiased health information from our partner university faculty. NetWellness is commercial-free and does not accept advertising.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Did you know that if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you are 3 times more likely to be hospitalized and 3 times more likely to die from the flu and its complications than other people?
But there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
People with diabetes should talk with their health care provider now to discuss preventing and treating the flu. People infected with the flu can pass it on to others a day or two before any signs appear. That’s why it is important to make sure the people around you get a flu shot as well.
Find the Flu Vaccine: HealthMap Vaccine Finder
Why does having diabetes put me at higher risk for getting the flu?
Diabetes can decrease your body’s ability to fight germs, such as the flu virus. It also puts you at an increased risk of flu-related problems like pneumonia. Being sick can raise your blood glucose and prevent you from eating properly.
How can I protect myself from getting the flu?
If you have diabetes you should get the flu shot, not the nasal spray. The nasal spray is not safe for people with diabetes.
Because you have more of a chance of getting pneumonia, talk to your doctor about pneumonia shot to protect you. In addition to getting these shots, follow the Center for Disease Control’s CDC everyday steps to keep yourself healthy this flu season.
I think I have the flu. What should I do?
In addition to following the CDC’s treatment advice, you should:
Call you doctor, clinic, or go to the emergency room right away if you:
Diabetes and the Flu (Flu.gov)
Videos from Flu.gov
This article has been created from Diabetes and the Flu (Flu.gov) and Information for People with Diabetes and Their Caregivers (CDC).
Last Reviewed: Jan 31, 2013
Daniel T. Remley, MSPH, PhD
Field Specialist, Food, Nutrition, & Wellness
College of Food, Agricultural, & Environmental Science
The Ohio State University