Diabetes Issues
Have Diabetes? A Flu Shot Should Top Your Fall To-Do List
Oct 3, 2017 - 2:04:09 PM

( - The leaves are turning, there’s a chill in the air and that means it’s time for your annual flu shot. If you haven’t been vaccinated, it’s time to reconsider, especially if you have diabetes. Flu can be more serious than you realize, and health officials say there are early signs that this flu season will be a bad one.

Many people with diabetes don’t get the flu vaccine, according to a recent study. Why? Most thought they weren’t at risk for complications, or they feared adverse reactions from the shot, according to the research. Despite these myths, people with diabetes are actually at higher risk for complications if they get the flu. And the influenza vaccination is safe, effective and lessens complications if you do get the flu.

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) strongly encourages everyone with diabetes to get the flu shot.

“Reducing risks is one of the AADE’s seven key self-care behaviors for managing diabetes, and getting the flu shot every fall is an excellent way of reducing the risk of getting sick,” said Evan Sisson, PharmD, MHA, CDE, FAADE. “It’s widely available, it takes just a few minutes and it can make a real difference in your health.”

Here’s why you need a yearly flu shot:

If you’re 65 or older, ask your doctor whether you should get the regular flu shot or a high-dose vaccine that is formulated to help older and weaker immune systems fight the flu.

You can also help reduce your risk of getting the flu or other illnesses by washing your hands frequently. If you do get the flu, call your doctor right away and ask about antiviral drugs that can shorten the illness.

About the American Association of Diabetes Educators

AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management and support. With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners working with people who have, are affected by or are at risk for diabetes. Learn more at, or visit us on Facebook (American Association of Diabetes Educators), Twitter (@AADEdiabetes) and Instagram (@AADEdiabetes).

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