The Department of Health has launched its latest seasonal flu immunisation campaign. All people with diabetes are eligible for a free flu jab.
“People with diabetes are a high risk group when it comes to getting flu, so it is crucial that people with the condition are vaccinated this winter,“ said Libby Dowling, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.
“Having flu can really upset diabetes control and cause blood glucose levels to fluctuate. This can leave people with diabetes open to many health problems including complications of flu such as pneumonia and bronchitis. People with diabetes qualify for a free flu jab and should visit their GPs to make sure that they have the proper protection against the flu virus."
Those at higher risk
Adults under 65 and children are also more at risk of developing serious complications from flu if they have:
- Serious heart or chest complaints including asthma
- Serious kidney or liver disease
- Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment
- Have had a stroke/ transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
Their GP may also advise a flu jab if they have:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Degenerative conditions of the central nervous system
Adults aged 65 or over are more at risk of developing serious complications from flu and are eligible for a free flu jab.