It’s that time of year again – don’t forget to have your seasonal flu immunisation, which 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 winter," said Cathy Moulton, 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.
“If you haven’t already been invited for a free flu jab, contact your GP surgery to find out when they are holding clinics.”
It is recommended that high risk groups, including people with diabetes, are also vaccinated against influenza A (H1N1), known as swine flu. This is a separate vaccination to the seasonal flu jab. The Department of Health will be making the vaccination available and we will give you the latest information on this as soon as we get it.