There is something new to consider about flu shots. A new study suggests getting the seasonal flu vaccine just might provide those with type 2 diabetes some protection against dying prematurely.
British researchers recently looked at more than 124,500 people with type 2 diabetes. During the seven-year study, the researchers found that getting the flu vaccination was associated with a 19 percent reduction in flu-season hospital admissions for heart attack in the people studied. Also, hospital admissions for stroke were 30 percent lower for those who got a flu vaccination.
Despite people with type 2 diabetes having a higher than normal risk of cardiovascular problems, the researchers noted admissions were down 22 percent for heart failure, and 15 percent for pneumonia or influenza in people with type 2 diabetes who received the flu shot. Also notably, the death rate among those who received a flu shot was 24 percent lower than in those who weren’t vaccinated, the research said.
It is important to mention that the study wasn’t designed to prove a cause-and-effect link between the flu shot and the reduction in death and hospital admissions; however, the study did show a strong connection between those factors in type 2 diabetics.
It appears those with type 2 diabetes may get substantial benefit from routine Influenza (flu) vaccination. This further underscores the importance of vaccination to keep you healthy.
Flu vaccinations are available approximately October to May each year.
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