Lives on the line as diabetics snub flu jab
LIVES are being put at risk as not enough people with diabetes in Gloucestershire are getting the free flu jab.
Diabetes UK has issued the warning when new figures showed nearly a third of people under 65 with diabetes are not getting the vaccine.
Diabetes sufferers are almost six times more likely to die from flu than someone their age who does not have the condition.
A free flu jab is currently available to all those over 65 and other groups including people with diabetes.
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Uptake of the flu vaccine is particularly poor in children with diabetes, although tow year olds have been offered the vaccine in a nasal spray for the first time this season.
Pav Kalsi, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK, said: “People with diabetes are a high-risk group when it comes to getting flu, so it is important they are vaccinated as soon as possible this winter and understand the importance of being protected.
“Having flu can really upset diabetes control and cause blood glucose levels to fluctuate.
"This can leave people with diabetes open to many serious health problems, including complications of flu such as pneumonia and bronchitis.
“If you have diabetes and haven't already been invited for a free flu jab, contact your GP surgery to find out when they are holding clinics.”
There are almost 245,000 people who have been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in the South West.