People with diabetes are at high risk from influenza. This is because the infection with the flu virus can make it difficult to keep the blood glucose levels under control. It can also lead to complications, such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia. Recently, researchers from Spain looked at the risk of being admitted to hospital because of flu in people with and without diabetes over 6 flu seasons. They found that having the flu vaccine reduced the risk of ending up in hospital by almost 50% for people with diabetes of all ages, including seniors. Therefore, our advice for people with diabetes is to have a flu vaccination each year. It is best if this is done before the flu season starts in the fall.
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