Take up free flu jap of­fer

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

Di­a­betes UK is call­ing for peo­ple with di­a­betes – in­clud­ing those who are preg­nant – to take up the of­fer of a free flu jab this win­ter.

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

It is nat­u­ral for blood sugar lev­els to rise when some­one has an in­fec­tion, but hav­ing a se­ri­ous in­fec­tion such as flu can cause blood sugar 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.

Flu is very se­ri­ous, and the flu jab gives some­one with di­a­betes the best pos­si­ble chance of avoid­ing it.

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

At Di­a­betes UK, we rec­om­mend that ev­ery­one with di­a­betes gets in touch with their GP or lo­cal com­mu­nity phar­macy as soon as pos­si­ble to get their free flu jab and avoid the win­ter ill­ness and its pos­si­ble com­pli­ca­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion about di­a­betes and flu, please visit our web­site www.di­a­betes.org.uk/sea­sonal-flu Peter Shor­rick Di­a­betes UK

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