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Keep free from flu this winter

As winter nights draw in, the common cold and flu viruses become more prevalent.

This is a timely reminder for people with diabetes to think about getting theirseasonal influenza jab.

There's no need to miss out – the annual vaccination is free for everyone with diabetes.

Contact your GP surgery now

Douglas Twenefour, Diabetes UK Clinical Advisor, said, "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. This is why it is crucial that they are vaccinated as soon as possible this winter.

"If you haven’t already been invited for a free flu jab, contact your GP surgery to find out when they are holding clinics and make sure you look after yourself during the cold weather. The flu virus changes or mutates, which is why every year a vaccine is produced based on the strains of the virus expected to be circulating."

Pneumonia protection

There is also a vaccination available for people at high risk of developingpneumonia 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, you can ask your GP about this. One injection usually lasts for life.

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