Got Diabetes? Get the Flu jab

Date: 14 November 2016

Stay Well This Winter

We’re supporting the work by Diabetes UK to remind to all those with diabetes across the east of England to protect themselves this winter with a free flu jab.

World Diabetes Day on 14th November helps raise awareness about diabetes, its affects and prevention. Diabetics, as well many other groups, are at risk of complications should they catch flu and so need to be extra cautious.

The best protection is the flu jab. The virus can put added stress on the body affecting blood sugar levels. Even those who manage their diabetes well can be at risk of serious complications from flu resulting in hospitalisation and in some cases it can even be fatal. 

Dr Mark Patten, EEAST’s Medical Director, said: “Catching flu can make diabetes worse because the immune system is less able to fight infections. This can make it harder to control your blood sugars, causing them to rise or fall which could cause serious health problems such as pneumonia.” 

Sharon Roberts, Eastern regional head of Diabetes UK, added: “Diabetes UK urges everyone with diabetes, including those who are pregnant, to get a free flu vaccination at their GP practice or pharmacy.

“The consequences of having flu can be serious for anyone, and for people with diabetes there are additional, potentially very serious, risks. Managing diabetes is not easy and if you ad flu into the mix then it gets even harder which increases the risk of further complications. That’s why we’re stressing how important it is to get the flu vaccination now before the start of winter.” 

Speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist now to book an appointment for your free flu jab. It’s free because you need it. 

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

 

  • Summary:

    We’re supporting the work by Diabetes UK to remind to all those with diabetes across the east of England to protect themselves this winter with a free flu jab.

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