Diabetes sufferers warned to get flu jab

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DOCTORS have issued a plea to people with diabetes and other long term conditions to make sure they have their flu jab this winter.

The Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group has made the appeal because, so far this winter, only 28.9 per cent of those most at risk of complications have been vaccinated.

People with diabetes are more vulnerable to complications from flu such as chest infections, dehydration or even kidney failure.

Flu can also make it more difficult for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar.

Group chairman Dr Bhaskar Bora said: "It’s really important for people with diabetes and other long term conditions to have their flu-jab now the weather has turned cold.

"People sometimes think of flu as like a bad cold, but in fact, for some people it can be really serious."

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3:16pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

Why do doctors say this every year when they know that nobody really knows what strain of 'flu will strike?

I mean will it be swine 'flu, bird 'flu, goat 'flu, rat 'flu or just good old fashioned man 'flu?

Women don't get 'flu, they just get heavy colds and get on with it. Yeah, right!
Why do doctors say this every year when they know that nobody really knows what strain of 'flu will strike? I mean will it be swine 'flu, bird 'flu, goat 'flu, rat 'flu or just good old fashioned man 'flu? Women don't get 'flu, they just get heavy colds and get on with it. Yeah, right! Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott

11:49am Mon 26 Nov 12

GaryCtr says...

You would think that with the cold already settling in, more people would go to get a flu jab.
You would think that with the cold already settling in, more people would go to get a flu jab. GaryCtr

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