It's national Influenza vaccination week... I am feeling guilty that I do not get the flu shot. The one year I did, I remember not feeling well at all...
I was wondering how many of us here do and why or why not?
Here's hoping everyone stays flu free!!!
Sharing some "diabetes and flu" info from CDC....http://www.cdc.gov/flu/diabetes/index.htm
Sick Day Guidelines for People with Diabetes
If you have diabetes, even if your blood sugars are in good control, and are sick with flu-like illness, you should follow these additional steps.image of someone in bed sick
-Be sure to continue taking your diabetes pills or insulin. Don’t stop taking them even if you can’t eat. Your health care provider may even advise you to take more insulin during sickness.
-Test your blood glucose every four hours, and keep track of the results.
-Drink extra (calorie-free) liquids, and try to eat as you normally would. If you can’t, try to have soft foods and liquids containing the equivalent amount of carbohydrates that you usually consume.
-Weigh yourself every day. Losing weight without trying is a sign of high blood glucose.
-Check your temperature every morning and evening. A fever may be a sign of infection.
Call your health care provider or go to an emergency room if any of the following happen to you:
You feel too sick to eat normally and are unable to keep down food for more than 6 hours.
You're having severe diarrhea.
You lose 5 pounds or more.
Your temperature is over 101 degrees F.
Your blood glucose is lower than 60 mg/dL or remains over 250 mg/dL on 2 checks.
You have moderate or large amounts of ketones in your urine.
You're having trouble breathing.
You feel sleepy or can't think clearly.
Also see Take Charge of Your Diabetes: Taking Care of Yourself When You Are Sick
Symptoms of Flu
runny or stuffy nose
some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea.
People may be infected with the flu and have some symptoms without a fever.
How does diabetes affect how I respond to a cold or flu?
Being sick can cause changes in your blood sugars. Also, illness can prevent you from eating properly, which further affects blood glucose. In addition, sometimes diabetes can make it more difficult for you to handle an infection like the flu. People with diabetes who come down with the flu may become very sick and may even have to go to a hospital. You can help keep yourself from getting the flu by getting a flu shot every year. Everyone with diabetes (type 1 OR type 2)—even pregnant women—should get a yearly flu shot. The best time to get one is now. The flu season often doesn’t peak until February or even later. It takes several weeks for the shot offers its best protection, so don’t delay . . . get your flu shot now!