Adults With Diabetes Need a Flu Shot

December 15, 2015 in Our News & Bulletins by Infinity Care Services

The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get vaccinated, and this especially rings true for adults with diabetes. Diabetic adults are more vulnerable to the flu and all of the problems the illness can bring. In fact, a large, recent study shows that the risk of being hospitalized for the flu is higher for adults with diabetes. Those with diabetes also tended to have more complications related to having the flu such as pneumonia and death. During the study, data from more than 160,000 men and women from 2000 to 2008 was analyzed. The group ranged in age from 18 to 64 with the average age being 51.

 

The recommendation in the United States is that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot.

 

Sources: Lau D, Eurich D, Majumdar S, Katz A, Johnson J. Working-age adults with diabetes experience greater susceptibility to seasonal influenza: a population-based cohort study. Diabetologia, Received: 18 June 2013 /Accepted: 9 December 2013. Published online 24 January 2014. DOI 10.1007/s00125-013-3158-8.

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