Researchers from Denmark looked at the impact of flu vaccination in people with diabetes during nine back-to-back influenza seasons (2007–2016). Between 24% and 36% of the people in the study had been vaccinated during the study seasons. The researchers found that people who were vaccinated against the flu had lower risk of: early death, cardiovascular disease including heart attacks and strokes, and hospitalizations with acute complications from uncontrolled diabetes (such as diabetic ketoacidosis, hypoglycemia, or coma). This research suggests that the flu vaccination may improve health in patients with diabetes. Currently the American Diabetes Association recommends that all patients with diabetes get the influenza vaccination.
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