Don’t forget to get your flu jab done if you have not done so already, in time for this year’s flu season. According to Diabetes UK, 1 in 3 under-65s with diabetes missed out on vital flu jab last winter, putting themselves at risk of potentially life-threatening complications. Anyone with diabetes – including those who are pregnant – is entitled to a free a flu jab. Having a serious infection, such as flu, causes blood sugar levels to rise so high that they become dangerous, which is why people with diabetes, in particular, are at risk. A flu jab gives you the best chance of fighting off the flu. Without it, flu can also develop to pneumonia or bronchitis, which can often require hospital admission.
Dan Howarth, Head of Care at Diabetes UK, said: “It can take up to two weeks for a flu jab to work. It is essential that everyone with diabetes gets their free flu jab as soon as possible to avoid the illness and eliminate the risk of life-threatening complications as flu hits the UK this winter.” www.diabetes.org.uk/seasonal-flu
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