Take a Shot for the Flu or Pneumonia ( Diabetes )

Take a Shot for the Flu or Pneumonia ( Diabetes )

Getting the flu is always unpleasant, but it can also be dangerous, especially if you have diabetes. One possible solution is a flu shot. The decision to get one, or a pneumonia shot, is always a personal one, but consider that you may get a lot of benefit from it. For example, if you’re over 64 years old, you’re more prone to serious illness, so you might want to get them. If you get the shots and you’re exposed to the flu or pneumonia, an immunization will prevent illnesses or make it less severe. Talk to your physician. He or she can help you determine whether you’re a good candidate for flu and pneumonia shots.

Flu shots are usually available beginning in September, and are very safe for most people. If you are allergic to chicken eggs — the vaccine is prepared inside them — or to other components of the vaccine, or if you have a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome (a rare nerve disorder), you shouldn’t get the shots.

The pneumonia vaccine protects against a relatively common strain of the disease — pneumococcal pneumonia. A one-time dose is recommended for people over the age of 64. If you got a dose before age 65, a one-time re-vaccination is recommended. You may experience some side effects: Almost half of the people receiving these injections will have flu-like symptoms lasting for up to two days.

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