The Centers for Disease Control says people with diabetes are three times more likely to be hospitalized and suffer severe flu complications than people without diabetes. The best way to protect your child from getting the flu is to get the flu vaccine.
Here are a few facts about diabetes and the flu vaccine:
- People with diabetes ages 6 months and older should only receive the flu shot, not the nasal spray.
- It takes up to two weeks for the vaccine to work so be sure to see your child’s health care provider soon!
- Anyone who is allergic to eggs should not receive the flu vaccine.
- If your child has a cold or respiratory illness, wait until he or she is well again before taking the shot.
Find more information about the flu vaccine and what to do if your child shows symptoms of the flu.