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People with diabetes often have a weakened ability to fight off infection.  That’s why you’ll hear your healthcare team cautioning you to protect yourself from infections, whether it be from the flu or from cuts and scrapes.


Flu Prevention

Based on flu patterns in the world so far, the 2019 flu season in Canada is expected to be severe.  Get your flu shot as soon as possible this year in order to be protected sooner rather than later.

Did you know?

  • It takes 2 weeks for the flu vaccination to reach effectiveness.

  • The sooner you get your shot, the more time you are covered throughout the flu season!

  • Each year’s flu shot is a custom blend – so last year’s won’t protect you from the same set of flu strains as this year’s.


In addition to getting your flu shot every year, other flu prevention tips include

  • Washing your hands often

  • Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze

  • Not touching your face

Other Recommended Vaccinations

People with diabetes are recommended by Immunize Canada to get an annual flu shot, as well as the Pneumonia vaccine.  The Pneumonia vaccine is typically a single dose, but a booster is recommended depending on your age and the type of vaccine you received originally, or if you have chronic renal failure.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) also recommends getting the Hepatitis B vaccine, Shingles vaccine and an every 10 year Booster for Tetanus-Diphtheria.


Get Screened!

If you aren’t sure about which vaccinations are recommended for you, check with your family doctor or book an appointment to get screened by your LMC Diabetes Educator Pharmacist the next time you are at the LMC Clinic.