Having the flu can be dangerous for anyone. But it is extra risky for people with diabetes or other chronic health problems. In general every person with diabetes needs a flu shot each year. Flu shots do not give 100 percent protection, but they do make it much harder for you to catch the flu for about six months. For extra safety, it’s a good idea for the people you live with or spend a lot of time with to get a flu shot too. The best time to get your flu shot is beginning in September. The shot takes about two weeks to take effect.

Pneumonia is a lung infection. 1 out of 20 adults who get pneumonia dies. People with diabetes are about three times more likely to die with flu and pneumonia. Yet only one third of them ever get a simple, safe pneumonia shot. A pneumonia shot is recommended for anyone aged 2 or older who, because of chronic health problems (i.e. diabetes) or age, has a greater chance of getting and dying with pneumonia. A pneumonia shot can also protect you from other infections caused by the same bacteria.