It’s August and that means it’s time to think about immunization.
Every year this month – National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), Americans around the country become more aware of vaccination and its importance.
While people tend to think of kids when it comes to vaccination, in truth it’s important for people at all ages.
Vaccine for Diabetes
Although vaccine can’t cure diabetes, if you have diabetes, vaccine is especially important for helping you with your overall health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “people with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) are at higher risk for serious problems from certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Getting vaccinated is an important step in staying healthy.”
How Vaccine Helps Diabetes
The CDC outlines several reasons for getting vaccinated, especially if you suffer from diabetes. Because diabetes can prevent your immune system from fighting diseases efficiently. So it’s more important for you to protect yourself than people without diabetes.
This list includes:
- Influenza – The flu and certain other diseases can raise your blood glucose to very high levels.
- Hepatitis B – If you have diabetes, you are at a greater risk of getting hepatitis B.
- Death – Pneumonia, meningitis and bacteremia can cause death. If you have diabetes, the risk is greater.
Which Vaccines Should you Take?
According to the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), not even half of adults under age 65 with diabetes get vaccines for the flu, hepatitis B and pneumococcal diseases.
Whether you are under 65 or above makes no difference. Don’t make this mistake.
The CDC offers this “Vaccinations for Adults with Diabetes” chart. Have a look and stay safe.
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