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Flu and Diabetes

Flu and diabetes can be a serious combination. Having diabetes means having more instances of high blood sugar, which can then hinder your ability to fight off the flu.

Risks of Flu Illness for People with Diabetes

Having flu and diabetes put you at risk of:

  • 2x risk of death 
  • 3x risk of hospitalization for H1N1 flu
  • 4x risk of ICU admission
  • 6x risk of hospitalization 
  • Worsening of diabetic conditions (poor glycemic control and acidosis) due to lack of appetite and difficulty controlling blood sugar

Benefits of Flu Vaccination for People with Diabetes

Although flu vaccination may not prevent all flu illnesses, vaccination is still beneficial to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death. 

  • For people with diabetes, flu vaccination can reduce hospital admissions by 79% 
  • Decreased risk of pneumonia, a common complication of having the flu
  • Decreased risk of diabetic ketoacidosis


will hauver flu story

Will was a college athlete and type 1 diabetic.
He lost his life when his flu illness progressed to diabetic ketoacidosis.  Read Will's Story

Diabetes and Flu Vaccines

  • Injectable influenza vaccines (flu shots) are recommended for use in people with diabetes.
  • Nasal spray flu vaccines are not recommended for people with diabetes.


Talk to your healthcare provider about which flu vaccine is best for you.

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