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Diabetic Adults: Are You Protected?

Sep 09, 2017 06:37AM ● Published by Theresa Gilman

What you need to know about vaccines for adults with diabetes

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the CDC.)

"I don't have time to get sick." How many times have you said or heard this phrase? Between work and spending quality time with loved ones, everyone's schedule is busy with no time to waste. Take a little time now to stay up to date on your vaccines and protect yourself from getting sick later.

People with diabetes—type 1 or type 2—are at higher risk for serious problems from certain diseases that can be prevented with a vaccine. Talk to your health care professional about getting your vaccines up to date. Make a plan to get your vaccines today!

The Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC) recommends the following vaccines for adults with diabetes:

  • Influenza—This vaccine protects against the seasonal flu and is recommended to be taken every year.
  • Pneumococcal—These vaccines protect against pneumococcal disease, including serious complications like pneumonia or meningitis.
  • Hepatitis B—This vaccine series protects against hepatitis B, a serious liver infection.
  • Tdap—This vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).
  • Zoster—This vaccine protects against shingles.

All of these vaccines are important! It is especially important for people with chronic health conditions including diabetes to get the influenza, pneumococcal, and hepatitis vaccines.

What You Need to Know About Diabetes and Adult Vaccines
There may be other vaccines recommended for you based on your lifestyle, travel habits, and other factors. Check out this fact sheet to learn why vaccines are important for you if you have diabetes. You can get vaccines at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, workplaces, community health clinics, health departments, and other locations.

For information on how to take care of your diabetes and stay healthy, visit the National Diabetes EducationProgram (NDEP) at the CDC website.

Sign up to get more information about diabetes from CDC and NDEP. Select "Diabetes Education Materials" from the subscription options.

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