By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-12-13 21:29:43 -0600
Started 2010-12-11 10:34:30 -0600

Living a strong, healthy life as a diabetic is all about taking action and doing what needs to be done, before it’s needed!

I recently received a Flu shot during a routine visit with my doctor, I had read all of the literature present at the office on the subject, and I made up my mind to finally do so.

Influenza and Pneumococcal vaccines are very important to those with diabetes, (due to our weakened immune system) but there is so much more!

(The Influenza vaccine can be given at the same time as the Pneumococcal vaccine).

Did you know that having the Flu can make other medical conditions that you may now have, worse than they are?

By getting vaccinated now you can, and will not only protect yourself, you may also avoid spreading Influenza, and Pneumococcal diseases to others when you follow a safe hygiene routine.

Always cover your mouth with something when coughing, or sneezing, wash your hands thoroughly, properly discard used tissue or paper towels in the correct trash receptacles.

(*) Talk to your healthcare provider about receiving a flu shot, those with the following conditions SHOULD NOT receive a flu shot:

* If you are allergic to eggs
(Influenza vaccine virus is grown in eggs)
• A severe allergy to any vaccine component
• If you ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
• If you have any severe (life threatening) allergies
• If you ever had a severe reaction after receiving a dose of Influenza vaccine

You can find out more about Pneumococcal Diseases, and how to protect yourself and others by clicking on the link below:


3 replies

BandonBob 2010-12-13 21:29:43 -0600 Report

I think when you had a reaction to the flu shot is important in deciding if you are going to get one. In 1957 the USCG made all of us aboard ship have a fly shot and I wound up two weeks in sick bay and was terribly ill. I decided to never have another flu shot but my GP convinced me when I was diagnosed with diabetes to get my flu shot and pneumonia shots and I have had no trouble with any of the shots since 1989.

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squog master 2010-12-13 20:51:04 -0600 Report

With all my health problems I definately get the Flu shot and pneumonia shot. Another reason, I've worked with kids all my life & we know what little carriers they can be. LOL.

realsis77 2010-12-11 10:49:24 -0600 Report

Good post Mays! My doctor always makes sure I get both those shots when needed during visits ! I'm very lucky because I've got a great doc and he takes good care of me! I have lung problems so he always takes measures to make sure I'm protected! So far so good! I haven't got sick yet this winter! It is important to take precautions and prevent illness if possiable! My doc always reminds me of this! People can even get the flu shot at wallgreens very inexpensive if they don't want to visit the doc!

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