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As the cold and flu season kicks into high gear, so too do concerns about getting sick, especially for diabetics, and those with a compromised immune system. Diabetics with flu or other communal infections (such as bacterial menengitis ) face an increased risk of severe infections and complications. Since I work at a public institution which educates tens of thousands of students, flu vaccines are mandatory. But as a diabetic for over 20 years, getting vaccinated is an easy choice no matter what. It's a no-brainer, for me anyway. Despite the fact that the influence diabetes has on the function of natural immunity has long been studied, different schools of thought exist when it comes to vaccinations. It's best to talk to your doctor or health practitioner about what course of action may be right for you. Personally, every endo and doctor I've ever had (and I've had mostly excellent ones!) has been pro-vaccination for me, in large part because of my Type 1 diabetes.
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Have you seen the commercials for flu shots offered at your local grocery store? Or have you seen the signs outside the large chain pharmacies advertising that flu shots are available already?
Some businesses are offering clever incentives for getting vaccinated this year. There is one grocery chain which is offering 10 percent off your grocery bill if you get your flu shot while shopping. It’s an interesting way to motivate people to get themselves vaccinated. Quite a move to influence public health.
I remember the first year that I got my own influenza vaccine at a local grocery store. Shots were only offered during narrow hours and locations were running out of vaccines quickly. I stood in a line which spanned from the pharmacy area, past the meat area, and into the bakery area. That was the year I decided while standing in line to get the pneumonia shot in addition to the flu shot.
At that time, I had been rather motivated to get th...
Definition The HiB vaccine (immunization) prevents childhood Haemophilus influenzae B infections, which can cause severe and potentially deady illnesses that affect the brain, lungs, and bones or joints. Alternative Names Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine; Vaccine - Hib; Haemophilus influenzae B conjugate vaccine Information WHO SHOULD GET THIS VACCINE The Hib vaccine is one of the recommended childhood immunizations. Generally, states require proof that a child has received the vaccine prior to entry into daycare or preschool. The Hib vaccine should not be given to children younger than 6 weeks of age. Infants and toddlers should receive four total doses of the HiB vaccine. One dose should be given at each of the following ages: 2 months 4 months 6 months 12-15 months Children over 5 years of age and adults do not need to receive immunization for Haemophilus influenzae type b unless they have certain medical conditions, including HIV, sickle cell disease, and some others. Ask your docto...
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