November 19, 2013

Health Alert: Flu and People with Diabetes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the following recommendations.  Both type 1 and 2 diabetic patients, even when well managed, are at increased risk of severe disease and complications, like hospitalization and even death, as a result of getting the flu.  This is because diabetes can make the immune system less able to fight severe influenza disease.  In addition, illness can raise blood sugar levels.

Therefore, the CDC recommends that people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, who are 6 months and older, get a flu shot.  Because these patients are at an increased risk of developing pneumonia from the flu, a pneumonia vaccine is also recommended.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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