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What You Should Know About Sick Care
When you are sick, it can be harder to manage your blood sugar. You may not feel like eating the same foods. You may be less active. When you are sick your body responds in a variety of ways that can cause your blood sugar to rise. If you are vomiting or have diarrhea it is even harder to manage your blood sugar.
Some medicines that you might take for colds or coughs or pain can cause problems with your diabetes medicines. Some can cause your blood sugar to go up. Be sure to discuss all medicines...even those you can get without a prescription...with your health care provider or pharmacist.
Preventing illness is important. Two illnesses you prevent are flu and pneumonia. If you have diabetes, pneumonia or the flu can be more serious. It can mean that you are sick longer or you might have to go to the hospital. You can prevent flu and pneumonia by getting a shot.
The flu shot is safe. It cannot give you the flu. Your family should also get the flu shot. That way you won't catch it from them. You need to get a new flu shot each year.
It is covered by Medicare, Part B. Most insurance companies pay for the vaccine for people with diabetes.
The pneumonia shot is safe. It cannot give you pneumonia. About half of people who get the vaccine have very mild side effects, such as redness or pain where the shot is given.
Most people need to get the shot only one time. Some people who get the shot when they are under age 65 will need to get a second shot five to ten years later. The pneumonia shot can be given any time during the year.
What To Do
Prevent illness by getting your flu and pneumonia shots.
GET HELP IF:
Plan ahead...things to do before you get sick:
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This guide is not a substitute for the judgment of trained professionals.