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Getting a flu jab

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Wookie1974, Dec 1, 2020.

  1. Wookie1974

    Wookie1974 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi, does anyone have any info on whether getting the flu jab is necessary. From my last Hba1c (45) I am in the pre diabetic range and my finger prick readings are good. Cheers.
     
  2. Daphne917

    Daphne917 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I’ve had a non diabetic Hba1c for approx 7 years and still have a flu jab.
     
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    Mrs T 123 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I've had non diabetic HbA1c for approx 3 years and still get offered/have flu jag
     
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  4. Lamont D

    Lamont D Reactive hypoglycemia · Master

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    I have had normal hba1c for seven years and still get notified when it's due.
     
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  5. Wookie1974

    Wookie1974 Type 2 · Active Member

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    OK thanks everyone for the quick replys. It all helps greatly.
     
  6. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    I have had the flu jab for years, long before I was even diabetic.
     
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  7. Sarah69

    Sarah69 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You don’t have to have a flu jab it’s entirely up to you. I have never had a flu and been diabetic over 20 years!
     
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  8. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Well clearly no one is forcing anyone to have it, but it’s more about the fact that being diabetic means flu is a greater impact onto you than if you weren’t.

    I don’t understand your argument I’m afraid
     
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  9. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek I reversed my Type 2 · Expert

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    I got the jab for other reasons long before diabetes rolled around. Considering that blood sugars rise when ill, and we can get hit with that sort of thing harder than those who don't have it... It's up to you, really. But that's the stuff that should carry weight when you make a descision.
     
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  10. Wookie1974

    Wookie1974 Type 2 · Active Member

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    OK thanks everyone. Not been in this position before being diagnosed, it's all a bit confusing and the Gp surgery, although being very good seems ready to throw medication at everything. I like to find out as much info as possible before agreeing with what they say is best for me. It's the conspiracy theorist in me;)
     
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    TeddyTottie Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    As a diabetic you are probably entitled to pneumonia jab too. This is a one-time-only thing, unless you are immuno-compromised in some other way.

    I have had both jabs this year, my BG is good and I don’t want to upset it by being badly ill!
     
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  12. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It seems flu has been trumped by the new boy in town this year judging by flu levels ... Doesn't mean you shouldn't have the jab if you are vulnerable e.g. age and diabetes. It is a personal decision and you may want to consider your general health too e.g. how are your blood sugars, how well do you cope with colds/chesty virus things?
    I think the pneumonia jab only goes to the over 70s but stand to be corrected.
     
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  13. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Well reducing human contact is likely to have had impact on other transmitted infections and diseases, so not surprising really

    I am aware a few people who started the flu jab after then had it once and realised how much it impacted them. Purely personal but since becoming diabetic, I found when I get a cold or similar, it hits me a lot harder than before. So I take the judgement call that I’d rather be vaccinated to reduce the risk. I have also had the pneumonia jab

    It might be that it doesn’t impact when you get ill, hopefully so! Or it might be that it becomes a significant illness as your body doesn’t work the same way

    If you should always investigate carefully. Doctors do tend to throw drugs at diabetics. I do take some and have taken more but pushed back on some such as statins so your body and you need to be informed. That’s my view
     
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  14. TeddyTottie

    TeddyTottie Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Dunno, you could be right, but they offered it to me and I’m 56 and 11/12ths :cat: and my GP practice is not renowned for going above and beyond! ;)
     
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  15. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Happy nearly 57th then! Will see what happens when my mileometer turns over to 50 next year.
     
  16. LaoDan

    LaoDan Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I get one every year on my own dime. Interestingly, Singapore has two flu seasons, I only get it when the northern hemisphere is active.
     
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  17. Lamont D

    Lamont D Reactive hypoglycemia · Master

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    I think the age that your allowed the flu jab is sixty, unless you are in the at risk group.
    I had the pneumonia jab in 2015.
    As always there are those that are eligible.
     
  18. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    My husband and I always go together for our flu jabs and are in the same room with the same nurse at the same time. When he was 70 he was offered the pneumonia one alongside the flu. I wasn't. I asked and was told I was only 69. I had to wait another year. A bit daft as we were both in there together.
     
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    lessci Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Having had "real" flu, I would have one even if I had to pay for it. If I can avoid being that ill again, I'll do it, I ended up on steriods and was a hairs breadth from being admitted to hospital
     
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  20. Lamont D

    Lamont D Reactive hypoglycemia · Master

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    Postcode lottery?
     
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