Your Flu Shot Questions Answered
We answer some basic questions you may have about the flu shot!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with diabetes are more likely to develop complications from influenza (aka “the flu”). Diabetes makes it harder for the body to fight infections. Sick days can also throw your blood sugar off balance–Who wants to eat when they’re not feeling well? This means fighting the flu also makes it harder for you to control your diabetes. One of the ways you can help prevent the flu this season is to get vaccinated with a flu shot.
So, what really is a flu shot, anyway?
The seasonal flu shot is a vaccine that helps your body develop the antibodies it needs to fight the flu virus before it affects you. Traditional flu shots used to cover three of the most common types of the flu. In the last few years though the flu shot has covered four strains!
Who should get it?
The CDC recommends everyone older than 6 months of age gets a flu shot every year. However, the Mayo Clinic puts special emphasis on individuals who are more likely to develop complications from the flu. This includes pregnant women, older adults, young children, and people with chronic medical conditions, including asthma, cancer, obesity and diabetes.
When should I get mine?
Flu season typically peaks in January or February, but it’s possible to get the disease at any time. Some years, flu season will range from early October all the way until late May. Because the vaccine can take up to two weeks to fully take effect, the CDC recommends getting your flu shot in early October.
Why should I get one every year?
There are many different kinds of flu viruses, and they can mutate, or change, from season to season. This means the flu shot that protected you last season may not cover you from this year’s strain. In addition, studies have shown your body’s ability to fight the flu decreases over time. As recommended by the CDC, you should get a flu shot every year. This will help keep your body’s antibodies in top flu-fighting condition!
It’s important to remember that while the CDC recommends a flu vaccination for almost everyone, there are some people who shouldn’t get the vaccine. Be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about whether or not the vaccine would benefit you. For more information on vaccines for adults with diabetes, check out this link.
Getting a flu shot every year is important in order to reduce the risk of getting the flu. It does this by helping you develop antibodies. Getting the flu while having diabetes can make recovery even harder. Talk to your doctor about the flu shot if you have any questions. During this flu season, staying on top of your health is more important than ever!
Disclaimer Statement: This is for educational purposes only and not intended as medical advice. For individual medical advice, contact your healthcare practitioner.