If you have diabetes, you may have co-morbid factors that will increase the likelihood of morbidity and mortality resulting from infections. Furthermore, the control of the level of your blood glucose may become difficult if you have an ailment. Immunisations are the most suitable and effective clinical preventative measures that you can get. Vaccines are considered a crucial component of all preventative services offered. To live healthily and comfortably with diabetes, you need to make sure you receive routine vaccinations as recommended by the Australian Diabetes Society and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association. Note some of the diseases that require immunisations.
Influenza and Pneumonia
Statistics indicate that the number of deaths arising from seasonal influenza varies from year to year due to unpredictability in severity and length. The number is higher for diabetic individuals compared to those without diabetes. The same case goes for pneumonia!
Annual vaccinations and vaccinating individuals who are at higher risk before the flu season every year has been found to have the most effective results in reducing the number of diabetes-related hospitalisations and even death. Make sure to get your influenza and pneumococcal vaccination as recommended.
Hep B results from an infection with the hep B virus (HBV). The highest concentrations of this virus will be found in the blood, while some traces will be found in your other bodily fluids. If you suffer from chronic hepatitis B, you are at risk of death resulting from hepatocellular carcinoma (malignancy of the liver) or cirrhosis.
Proper immunisation is the most effective strategy to substantially reduce the risk of hep B infections among individuals with diabetes and also those without the disease.
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
If you have diabetes, suffering from tetanus, diphtheria or pertussis can be fatal. Tetanus is a bacterial disease that causes your muscles to spasm and can give you breathing difficulties.
Diphtheria is contagious and is also caused by bacteria that affects your skin, nose, throat and tonsils. Pertussis is also contagious and can present with violent coughs that make breathing difficult.
These are all preventable with proper vaccinations, and your caregiver should advise you accordingly on when to receive them. You may get a Tdap vaccine that will protect you from tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
If you had chicken pox as a child, zoster virus might lead to shingles in your adulthood. Shingles present as a painful rash on the patient. You will require immunisation for shingles, which will be advised accordingly by your health provider.
For more information, contact a local immunisation clinic.