In the United States, vaccines have greatly reduced or eliminated many infectious diseases that can be harmful or deadly for adults. Vaccines are even more important for people with diabetes.
Your patients with diabetes—type 1 or type 2—may not know that they are at higher risk for serious problems from certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Talk to your patients about the importance of staying up to date with their vaccines to avoid developing serious complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has information about the different vaccines your patients need. You can also share the What You Need to Know About Diabetes and Adult Vaccines fact sheet with your patients with diabetes, which includes more information about why vaccines are important for them.
Are your patients concerned about vaccine safety?
Let your patients know that vaccines are safe. Here are three quick facts you can share with them:
Vaccines are tested and monitored.
Vaccines are one of the safest ways to protect their health.
Vaccine side effects are usually mild and go away on their own in a few days.
If your patients have any diabetes management questions, use resources from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) at CDC to let them know what they can do to improve their health.
Sign up to get more information about diabetes from the CDC and NDEP. Select “Diabetes Education Materials” from the subscription options.If your patients have any diabetes management questions, use resources from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) at CDC to let them know what they can do to improve their health.