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The Flu Jab & Diabetes

If you have diabetes you should have a flu jab – it’s free.


A few things about flu…

  • Flu (short for influenza) is a virus.
  • It is spread via airborne droplets (coughs and sneezes).
  • It commonly causes a high temperature, aches & pains, sore throat, tiredness.
  • Flu can be more serious for diabetics and cause unpredictable fluctuations in blood glucose.


If you have flu like symptoms…
You should see your GP if you think you have flu and are any of the following…

  • 65 or over.
  • pregnant.
  • have a long-term medical condition (diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney or neurological disease).
  • have a weakened immune system.


Who should have a flu jab…
You should have a flu jab if you are any of the following…

    • 65 years of age or over.
    • pregnant.
    • have diabetes.
    • have a medical condition listed here www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations.
    • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility.
    • receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.
      are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact or a social care worker.


Here’s an audio clip from NHS Choices telling you more about Seasonal Flu…
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