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Why Diabetics Need a Flu Shot

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The Flu really doesn't need a season, and if you are diabetic it is just as bad no matter when you get it. Diabetics really need to take extra precautions when it comes to avoiding the flu and common cold. Their immune systems react a bit differently than most.

I have a diabetic friend and when he gets sick with the flu or cold it affects him deeply. He has been hospitalized for the flu before. However, I'm hypoglycemic. When I get the cold or flu my blood sugar tends to drop faster, while his stays risen. How does the cold and flu affect you?

Flu shots can help prevent your body from reacting to the illness. While you won't be completely immune it will be a bit harder for you to develop the illness. If you are diabetic, hypoglycemic, or suffering from any chronic full body illnesses, I urge you to remember, get flu shots any time during (and out of) the flu shot season.

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