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.
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