Diabetes and the Flu

People with diabetes are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

If you have diabetes, you are three times more likely to be hospitalized and three times more likely to die from the flu and its complications than other people. The flu may also interfere with your blood glucose levels.
But there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

  • Get a flu shot! It’s the single best way to protect yourself against the flu.
  • Take prescription flu medicine when your health care provider prescribes it.
  • Follow special sick day rules for people with diabetes.
  • Take everyday steps to protect your health.


People with diabetes should talk with their health care provider now to discuss preventing and treating the flu. People infected with the flu can pass it on to others a day or two before any symptoms appear. That’s why it is important to make sure the people around you get a flu shot as well.  Go to www.cdc.gov for more information

You can get a flu vaccination at Family Medicine Center 242 327 2878 for more details, or contact your health care provider.