According to a study published on October 6 in the Journal of Internal Medicine, patients with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk for hospitalization with pandemic influenza than people who do not have type 2 diabetes.
Further, type 2 diabetics who were vaccinated were at less risk for hospitalization for pandemic influenza than type 2 diabetics who did not get vaccinated. The risk of hospitalization for vaccinated people without type 2 diabetes was also lower than for unvaccinated people without type 2 diabetes.
The study was from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, which studied influenza-related complications among Norwegians over the age of 30 with type 2 diabetes from 2009 to 2013.
The bottom line? If you are a type 2 diabetic it is very important for you to make sure you get your flu shot every year, especially during influenza pandemics.
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