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For many, fall is a time for raking leaves, sitting around the campfire, picking apples and going to corn mazes and pumpkin patches. But don't forget that fall is also the time to get your flu shot. And if you have diabetes, a flu shot is especially important.
This is because if you have diabetes and get influenza, your blood glucoses rise and your recovery time is generally longer. And people with diabetes are about three times more likely to die from the flu and pneumonia than the general population.
If you do develop the flu, despite getting the flu shot, the vaccine will still help you by lowering the risk of more serious respiratory tract involvement and lessening the risk of secondary complications, hospitalization and death.
Contact your doctor, healthcare provider or local health department for dates, times and locations for flu vaccinations. Both flu and pneumococcal vaccination are covered by Medicare part B. Many employers are making flu vaccination available at the workplace, as well.
Remember, flu shots don't contain a live virus, so they can't infect you. Add flu vaccination to your list of routine fall activities.
In addition to the flu shot, to help prevent catching and spreading the flu:
Enjoy fall, and have a healthy season.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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Why Mayo clinic did deleted a challenged comment on this article posted on November 6 I believe. A person named George posted a well informed and warning against flu shots that Mayo promotes. Obviously the comment is gone. That’s not fair and right for a clinic with a good reputation.
I know that not all flu shots cover all types of flu, however, I do get a flu shot every year. Still, I was deathly sick all November and again now all of January into February. It wreaks havoc on blood sugar control and everything else. There's no easy answer out there for a diabetic who gets the flu, or any kind of illness. Good luck!
I have type 2 diabetes & I had my flue shots every year for past 6 years... last year I had the worst case of influenza I have ever had, so
bad I will not have any more flue shots ever.
From the research I've done, the flu shot for those over 65 is ineffective. They've come out with a stronger one for seniors, but I'll wait awhile before I try it.
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