Flu Shots for Diabetes Patients and Sick Day Guidelines

Should diabetes patients get a flu shot?

If you have diabetes—unless you are allergic to eggs – it is recommended that you get a flu shot every fall. And it’s a good idea for the people you live or spend a lot of time with to also get a flu shot.

Just like everyone else who needs to take precautions to prevent the flu, you are advised to do the following:

  • Cover your nose and your mouth when you sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, as it’s the easiest way to spread germs.
  • If you get sick, stay home and away from people at work or school.

Little shot. Big impact.

Get your flu shot to help protect yourself and those around you from the flu.

Diabetes sick day guidelines

The AHN Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Health will help you form a plan if you become ill. Your blood sugar levels can be higher than normal when you're sick, even if you're not eating much.

Additionally, you should go to a doctor or go to an emergency room if any of the following happens to you when you are sick:

  • You feel too sick to eat and aren’t able to keep down food for more than 6 hours.
  • You have severe diarrhea.
  • You experience a sudden weight loss of five pounds or more.
  • Your temperature is over 101 degrees F.
  • You're having trouble breathing, feel unusually sleepy, or can’t think clearly.

Contact us

Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 or request an appointment to learn more about AHN diabetes services.