No one enjoys getting the flu.Most Healthy people it is a few days in bed. For the diabetic the flu is more than aches and pains. We are not at a greater risk of getting the flu than the general population but for us the risks are greater.(although , many of us work in jobs that give us a higher exsposer rate;hospitals, nursing homes, schools and ect.) If we get the flu it is likely to be more severe and last longer. We are more at a risk of complications from the flu. The flu can exacerbate our diabetes. Blood sugar can be hard enough to deal with normally but with the flu it can be devastating.Due to the nature of diabetes ;many diabetics have other health issues (such as heart disease) that makes the flu even more dangerous. And many diabetics are elderly which is also puts them at greater risk of complications.Each year 200,000 people enter the hospital and 36,000 people die from the flu .It is estimated at less one third those numbers are diabetics.
The diabetic needs to do everything in there power to avoid getting the flu. This can’t be overstated.
(The thought of getting the flu strikes fear in my heart.).The ADA,AMA and CDC all state that our first line of defense is getting the flu vaccination.It is estimated that only 60% of adult diabetic get the flu shot.
There are many reasons why people choose not to take the flu shot. Some reason are more legitimate than others. Here are a few that I have heard :
I stick myself enough without getting a flu shot. (wait to you get to the hospital)
I might get the flu from the flu shot.(this can’t happen the virus is dead in the vaccine.)
I never get sick . (It might only take one time)
I don’t have time. ( if you don’t have time to get the shot , how much time do you have to stay in bed?)
There are those who should not receive the vaccine. Those who are severely allegic to eggs since the virus is incubated in eggs.Anyone under 6months of age. Anyone who had a severe reaction in the pass.
The CDC stated ; “Almost all people recieving the flu vaccination do not have serious problems. However , on rare occasion some do have serious problems…” (That statement sounds like legal double talk to me.)
Anyone that is ill and have a fever at the time of dispensing of the vaccine should not recieve it.
Some are concern with the long term use of vaccines . Some of the concerns are :Formaldehyde is use to kill the active virus is a carcinogen. Aluminum is used to boost active antigen is a neurotoxin .Many vaccines contain thimerosal which is a perservative made with mercury.
In spite of getting the flu shot some will still get the flu
If a person is exsposed to the flu prior to getting the vaccine ;there is a possibilty of contracting the flu.
Many virus are mistaken as the flu that are not…
3.If a person is exposed to a strain other than that which is targeted by the vaccine.They are unprotected by the vaccine.
- There are certain percentage the remain unprotected despite getting flu shot.