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When should I get a flu shot if I have diabetes?

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Your best move is to get a flu shot every year. The CDC recommends that for everyone age 6 months and older, so if you have a child with diabetes, make sure that they get vaccinated, too.

A flu vaccine can prevent many types of flu or keep flu viruses from making you so ill. September may be the best month to get this vaccine because it protects you for about 6 months. But you can get a flu shot at any time during flu season.

American Diabetes Association: "Flu & Pneumonia Shots." and “When You’re Sick.”

FDA: “Have a Baby or Young Child With a Cold? Most Don’t Need Medicines.”

CDC: “Flu and People With Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 7, 2019

American Diabetes Association: "Flu & Pneumonia Shots." and “When You’re Sick.”

FDA: “Have a Baby or Young Child With a Cold? Most Don’t Need Medicines.”

CDC: “Flu and People With Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 7, 2019

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