Are Flu Vaccines Safe For Diabetics?
For individuals with diabetes, this question is much more critical.
People with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes are put at an increased risk of contracting a seasonal virus, such as the flu, and are more likely to require hospital care.
For those who struggle with weight problems such as obesity, as many people with Type 2 diabetes do, infections like the flu or pneumonia are especially dangerous.
For example, a virus that would cause mild illness in a lean and healthy person can, in many cases, tip an obese person that is already suffering from restricted lung function, into respiratory failure.
Pertussis; or any respiratory illness, can be much worse for obese people who may have preexisting conditions related to their repertory system such as sleep apnea and obesity hypoventilation syndrome.
No matter how healthy you are and how well-managed your diabetes may be, every eligible person who has Diabetes should get a vaccine.
Experts say vaccines such as the flu shot, in most cases, will not give you the illness they are created to prevent. This is because they contain a dead version of the virus that is incapable of spreading.
The vaccines exist to help your immune system create the antibodies that it will need to fight off the virus if you happen to come into contact with it.
Why diabetes puts you at higher risk
Since Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease. It is quite apparent that the immune system of someone with the disease has already been compromised. This means your body has a reduced ability to fight off a virus successfully.
Unfortunately, people with Type 1 Diabetes have immune systems that are less vigilant and more susceptible to infection than in an average person.
There is an increased infection risk in Diabetes, whether viral or bacterial. High blood sugar levels [in Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes] can also promote infection on their own. Which is another excellent reason to make sure that you keep blood sugar level under strict control.
Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)
For people with Type 1 Diabetes, a simple case of vomiting, fever, and virus-induced dehydration can easily lead to the dreaded condition of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA).
DKA, according to the CDC, is “an emergency condition in which extremely high blood glucose levels, along with with a severe lack of insulin, result in the breakdown of body fat for energy, and an accumulation of ketones in the blood and urine.
Signs of DKA are nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, fruity breath odor, and rapid breathing. Untreated DKA can lead to coma and death.”
Even if you have previously had well-managed blood sugar levels, the introduction of the flu virus to the body of a person with Type 1 Diabetes can seriously exacerbate its ability to manage even the most basic aspects of homeostasis.
A person with Type 1 Diabetes who is concerned they may have the flu should monitor blood sugar levels with extra diligence.
They should get to an emergency room quickly to receive intravenous fluids (saline, electrolytes, and sometimes insulin and glucose) if blood sugars seem resistant to insulin doses.
At the first sign of vomiting, and if ketone levels on urine or blood test-strips become moderate to substantial.
People with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes are also twice as likely to die of a complication related to the flu, according to a 2018 study from the
Why vaccines are important
Approximately 80,000 people die each year from the flu, including otherwise healthy children.
Getting the flu shot and other vaccines like Tdap (for tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough) not only protects you, it protects those unable to get vaccinated, like babies under six months, and people with severe allergies to vaccine ingredients.
Experts say the flu shot can’t give you the flu because it contains a dead virus. Instead, it only helps your body prepare your immune system with the antibodies that will help fight off the flu if you come in contact with the virus.
AADE has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to spread the word on vaccines that are important for people with Diabetes.
These vaccines include:
Influenza vaccine: A flu shot is the single best way to protect against the seasonal flu. Flu can put people with Diabetes at high risk for health complications such as elevated blood glucose levels.
The illness can also lead to more severe sicknesses and complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus infections. Which can often result in hospitalization, and sometimes even death.
It is advised to get a flu vaccine annually, and vaccines are already available for the flu this year.
Tdap vaccine: This vaccine protects against three serious diseases caused by a bacterium: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, Otherwise known as whooping cough. It is suggested that people get the Tdap vaccine every ten years.
Zoster vaccine: The zoster vaccine reduces the risk of developing shingles and PHN. These can be severe illnesses for unvaccinated people as they increase in age.
Pneumococcal vaccine: Diabetics are at an elevated risk of death from pneumococcal infections. These can include infections of the lungs, blood, ears, and lining of the brain and spinal cord.
Hepatitis B vaccine: Hepatitis B can be spread via shared blood glucose meters, finger-stick devices, and other Diabetes care equipment, it’s critical that people with Diabetes receive the vaccine.
The Stark Truth
Diseases such as the flu can cause severe complications for people with diabetes or for those who are obese.
People with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes are also twice as likely to die of a complication related to the flu, explains a
For these reasons, it’s essential for people with Diabetes to get vaccinated against the flu as well as other diseases.
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