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Keep free from flu this winter

Now that autumn is here, it is time to think about getting your annual flu immunisation.

There is no need to miss out, as it is free to everyone with diabetes.

"People with diabetes are a high-risk group when it comes to getting flu, so it is crucial that they are vaccinated as soon as possible this autumn," said Cathy Moulton, Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK.

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"Having flu can really upset diabetes control and can 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.

"If you haven’t already been invited for a free flu jab, contact your GP surgery to find out when they are holding clinics."

Pneumonia protection

There is a vaccination available for people at high risk of developing pneumonia which can be given at any time of the year.

This group includes people with diabetes so, if you haven’t been offered the Pneumonia protection injection, don’t be afraid to ask as you could get it when you attend. One injection usually lasts for 10 years.

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