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Get Your Flu And Pneumonia Shots

Flu season is getting under way, and if you have not done so already this year, it’s time to get your flu shot. People with diabetes age 2 and older will also benefit from being vaccinated against pneumonia. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), “Every person with diabetes needs a flu shot each year.” The ADA also recommends that people with diabetes encourage the people they live with or spend a lot of time with to be vaccinated as well—this will decrease their chances of being exposed to the flu by the people around them. People who have diabetes should be vaccinated against the flu by injection, not by the nasal-spray flu vaccine (also called the Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine, or “LAIV,” brand name FluMist). That’s because the nasal-spray vaccine contains weakened live viruses (unlike the injection, which contains killed viruses), and therefore is not appropriate for people with diabetes, who are at higher risk of developing influenza-related complications. The sooner you can be vaccinated the better, since the flu shot takes about two weeks to take effect in the body. However, if you have a cold or other respiratory illness, wait until you have Continue reading >>

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  1. mrRichie

    I went to the doctors the other day to see the nurse for a check up, all was well, but she said that because I'm diabetic that I should have the "PNEUMONIA VACCINE" as anyone else been advised to have it? I'm not sure that I really need it? Any advice would be great.

  2. Robinredbreast

    Which adults need the PCV13 vaccine?
    All adults 65 years of age or older who have not previously received PCV13.
    Adults 19 years of age or older with certain medical conditions, and who have not previously received PCV13. Medical conditions include:

    Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks
    Cochlear implant(s)
    Sickle cell disease and other hemaglobinopathies
    Functional or anatomic asplenia
    Congenital or acquired immunodeficiencies
    HIV infection
    Chronic renal failure
    Nephrotic syndrome
    Leukemia
    Hodgkin disease
    Generalized malignancy
    Long-term immunosuppressive therapy
    Solid organ transplant
    Multiple myeloma
    PPSV23 Vaccine Information Statement, the Adult Immunization Schedule, and theACIP Recommendations for Use of Pneumococcal Vaccines, Sept 2010.
    Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) is recommended for all children younger than 5 years old, all adults 65 years or older, and people 6 years or older with certain risk factors. Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) is recommended for all adults 65 years or older.
    This may be helpful to you.
    Best wishes RRB

  3. mrRichie

    Still none the wiser, but thanks anyway RRB

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