Jab is crucial for diabetics

Getting the flu jab can prevent the life-threatening complications of diabetes that winter illnesses can lead to.

Friday, 2nd November 2018, 12:00 pm

It is natural for blood sugar levels to rise when someone has an infection, but a serious infection, such as flu, can cause levels to rise so high that they become dangerous.

Even for those with a good management of their diabetes, dangerously high sugar levels can lead to acute complications, which can often go unrecognised and could even be fatal. The flu jab gives someone with diabetes the best possible chance of avoiding flu.

Your flu jab is one of 15 healthcare essentials that every person with diabetes is entitled to free through the NHS.

We recommend that everyone with diabetes gets in touch with their GP or pharmacy as soon as possible to get their free flu jab and avoid the illness and its possible complications.

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Clare Howarth

Head of North, Diabetes UK