DIABETES: Essential to get your flu jab

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It is essential that everyone with diabetes has the flu jab this winter.

People with diabetes are at a greater risk of flu and this can lead to more severe illnesses, such as pneumonia.

Figures show that 24 per cent of people with diabetes did not have a flu vaccination in England last winter, despite it being free to everyone with the condition.

The jab is one of 15 healthcare essentials that every person with diabetes is entitled to through the NHS. These include having your blood pressure measured, having your eyes screened for signs of retinopathy, and having your feet and legs checked.

Illnesses like the flu are serious for people with diabetes so please ensure that you take up the offer of the free flu jab. If you have any concerns about receiving the vaccination, speak to your GP or healthcare professional.

Diabetes UK has put together a guide to help people with diabetes to avoid the flu as part of Public Health England’s Stay Well This Winter Campaign.

For more details visit www.diabetes.org.uk/seasonal-flu

Stephen Ryan,

Head of the North, Diabetes UK