Diabetes sufferers urged to get flu jab

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Diabetes sufferers urged to get flu jab

People with diabetes are being urged to get the free flu jab this winter and there is still time to get one.

Health chiefs in Peterborough are warning that people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of developing serious flu-related complications.

The virus can put added stress on the body affecting blood sugar levels.  Even those who manage their diabetes well can be at risk of serious complications from flu resulting in hospitalisation, and in some cases it can be fatal.

Flu is also a particular threat to people with other long term conditions such as low immunity, respiratory illnesses such as asthma and COPD, and heart, kidney, liver or neurological disease.

Anyone with a long term condition should have the free flu vaccine even if they are feeling fit and healthy.

For more information on the NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

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