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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There is plenty of flu vaccine available for protecting the populace against flu syndrome this year. Many clinics and pharmacies around the U.S. began giving flu shots several weeks ago. Have you had yours?
Recommendations by health officials on who should get the flu shot have broadened over the last several years. Currently, anyone over 6 months should get the flu vaccine if they are not severely egg allergic or allergic to the flu vaccine by history. People over 65 years of age, young children, or those older than 6 months with a history of asthma, other chronic respiratory problems, chronic heart, liver, kidney disease, diabetes or immune deficiencies or who are pregnant are highly recommended to get annual flu vaccination.
Here are five of the most common reasons my patients have avoided getting the flu vaccine:
1) "I'm afraid of getting the flu from the flu shot"
2) "My friend got sick after getting a flu shot"
3) "My child may become autistic from the preservative in the flu v...
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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