valentine lady
By valentine lady Latest Reply 2014-10-28 21:06:58 -0500
Started 2014-10-26 11:24:30 -0500

Take yoir best shot was written by William Schaffner MD, in Diabetic Self Management.
Dr. Schaffner is a prevention care and an infectious disease physician. He tells all adults, espically diabetics that when it comes to infection, prevention is the best medicine. I would like to pass this on to you today.

He suggests all diabetics are more prone to infections disease and bacteria than a non
diabetics. First and foremost, he suggests the flu shot, every year. For reasons we all know. Next is the pneumococcal vaccine. Naturally we automatically think of the
pneumonia injection. But this is only part of the story. Pnuemonia can cause several
seriouus illnesses. The Pnuemonia bacteria infects the lungs. But this same bacteri
can attack the brain or blood stream causing menengitis or sepsis of the blood stream.
Sepsis is what put me in a coma 3 times. These infections can strike quickly, within
hours and cause serious illness or even death. Once infected you're always open to all other diseases. Medicare pays for this vaccine and can be gotten, any time of year,
ay your Doctor's office or some major pharmacies.

The next major vaccine is Hepatitis B. Actually for diabetics 60 years old and younger.
Tdap or whooping cough vaccine. This iis a combination vaccine. It covers whooping cough, teyanus and diphtheria.

I sincerely hope this helps explain these infections, especially for us the diabetics.

14 replies

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-10-28 21:06:58 -0500 Report

Hi Tsalagil,
Just wanted to thank you for replying to my post. Also to tell
you my prayets are still with you. One day soon you'll find good
health. Hugs and prayers for you VL

TsalagiLenape 2014-10-28 18:29:26 -0500 Report

Thank you ValentineLady for the info. Yet my nurse practioner said No Flu or Pneumonia shots this year. Since I have been systematically sick since September of 2013. So trying to get healthier and stronger. While I wait to see what is going to happen with my left leg/foot. Next thing is an MRI of my neck.
Have a great day!:)

lilleyheidi 2014-10-27 02:03:14 -0500 Report

Thanks for the information ValentineLady. I get my flu vaccine each year and have gotten my pneumonia vaccine also, however I did not know that you were supposed to get a booster every 5 years, so I will check with my doctor to see how many years it has been. I will also check with her on the other vaccines you mentioned. I do appreciate the information you passed on.
I sure wish they'd come out with something for MRSA because like others here have mentioned, I also have that, and as a diabetic any infections are near impossible to fight off when MRSA is involved.
thanks again. HEIDI

Kats49 2014-10-26 19:31:25 -0500 Report

I had an MRSA infection in my left leg right after a knee surgery in 1994…almost lost my leg…took three months to get it under control to clear it. Then in 2002 I was diagnosed with diabetes T2. Makes me wonder if I had it then…I now get all my shots routinely…better to be vaccinated than not

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-10-26 22:04:16 -0500 Report

Hi Kats,
I'm very happy to hear you take your vaccines on a regular basis but I am very sorry that you had to go through all of that to
learn that valuable lesson. I too had MRSA in my right leg. I fought it for almost a year before they could clear
me up. I am still a carrier. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, VL

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-10-26 15:33:56 -0500 Report

Hi Lanykins,
Thank. You for posting on my discussion I did choose this subject because it is so Important for all of us. I'm so sorry about your toe. You are so right
mrsa is a horrible infection and very
hard to kill. I had it several years ago and I am still a carrier. I'll
keep you in my prayers.
Hugs to you,

jayabee52 2014-10-26 15:25:41 -0500 Report

Howdy Love

No this doesn't work for me to accept the flu shot.

I don't want the thimerosol which contains mercury in my body as I have enough medical challenges as it is. Don't need mercury poisoning.

I actually go on a case by case basis on injections as some (like Hep B and pneumonia) are way worse than the flu. I have been avoiding the flu shot since 2010, have been taking megadoses of Vit D. and haven't had so much as a sniffle since then.

I did roll up my sleeve in 2009 and take the shot due to living with a lady who was immunocompromised (due to her Lupis) and didn't want to get the flu and pass it on to her. But for several years prior to that I hadn't gotten either the shot or the flu.

I don't think the flu shot is really necessary, but anyone who takes it is acting out of an abundance of caution and that is OK in my book too.

God's best to all y'all


BTW: I tried to find that article online and was unable to do so.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-10-26 17:09:07 -0500 Report

Hi Sweetie
I know you are very anti-flu shot. You also backed that up with your post. But what about the pnuemococcal vaccine? Bet I
know someone who'll be taking it by next Fall. The article stressed that especially those over 60 y/o need a booster every 5 years. No way out of this one, Babe

jayabee52 2014-10-26 18:30:15 -0500 Report

Howdy Love
as you re-read my reply above I stated "I actually go on a case by case basis on injections as some (like Hep B and pneumonia) are way worse than the flu." So I have no problem with that and if it is only every 5 yrs any mercury load is miminized. Babe!

lanykins 2014-10-26 14:21:13 -0500 Report

All of this is so true and important. Eight months ago I cut my toe. I went to the doctor immediately. He tried treating it for 4 months but it would not heal. I went to a Wound Care Clinic for 3 months and they found MRSA, a terrible infection. They were able to stop the activation. They continued treating it but it would not heal. I then found a very good podiatrist. She worked quite vigorously on my toe. She finally decided that I had too much old tissue under the infection so she opened up my toe. She found enormous amounts of bacteria and had to send me to an infectious disease doctor. Since then, I have been in the hospital and now in a rehab on IV antibiotics. I have one more week to go, but it has still not healed. God only knows what happens after this. I'm not healing because I am a diabetic. I sought help right away and have continued with all the treatment, but because diabetics heal so slowly, this is what can happen.

Kats49 2014-10-26 19:34:29 -0500 Report

Praying that God helps those helping you to get well. Take it a day at a time and each day look for a bright spot in your day.