Patients with diabetes are at higher risk for getting the flu. Here are some basic prevention techniques and tips on what to do if they do get sick.
With the winter months upon us, it’s critical that people with diabetes (both Type 1 and 2) take extra precaution to avoid getting the flu. Diabetes weakens your immune system, making it difficult to fight infections and control blood sugar levels. When we’re sick, we often don’t want to eat and avoiding food can cause blood sugar levels to fall. These things combined can be hazardous to your health. Below are some recommendations for managing your health this winter.
The best path to prevention is vaccination. The CDC recommends that those who are 6-months or older and have Type 1 or 2 diabetes get a flu vaccine. Because people with diabetes are at high risk for contracting pneumonia from influenza, it is also recommended that you get a pneumonia vaccination.
Other Preventative Measures
It’s impossible to avoid people altogether so practicing good hygiene will be of utmost importance to preventing illnesses. As you go about your daily routine try to avoid contact with people who are sick and follow some of these practices to limit your chance for contracting illness:
- Prevent the spread of germs by ensuring your family washes hands regularly or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. In fact, carry a hand sanitizer with you for times when soap isn’t available.
- Carry disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces you may have to touch.
- Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands.
Visit your doctor immediately to discuss antiviral drugs designed to treat influenza. Influenza is a virus, thus you will require antiviral drugs to attack it in your body. However, they must be administered within the first 48 hours of illness.
When taking over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, avoid those that are high in sugar. For instance, some liquid cold medicines and cough drops contain added sugar. Read the ingredients and look for medications that are “sugar-free.” If you have high blood pressure, you should also avoid decongestants as these can further raise your blood pressure.
Take extra precautions to avoid illness this winter and throughout the year and see your doctor right away if you do get sick. With more than 100 years of experience the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are ready to assist you with any other questions you may have. We can also help with any diabetes supplies or insulin pumps you need. Contacts us today at 1-866-403-6287 and beat the flu this season.