Seasonal flu shots are now available at all Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide. Customers can visit any of the more than 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacies to receive a flu shot, which are covered by most insurance plans including Medicare Part B, from a Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist, subject to state regulations. Flu shots are available during pharmacy hours and no appointment is necessary. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.
Illnesses, such as the flu, can raise your blood glucose. Diabetics are among those in the high risk group in contracting the flu since their immune system is weakened. Other high risk groups include those with asthma, emphysema, heart disease, the elderly, the very young and the pregnant. Essentially anyone with a weakened immune system is at a higher risk for complications.
"While it's too early to tell what the 2013-2014 flu season will bring, it's not too early to visit your Rite Aid pharmacist for a flu shot," said Robert I. Thompson, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy.
The time to receive your vaccination is now, before an outbreak. It takes, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), on average two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop and provide protection against the flu. Every year there are new strains of the flu. Hence, you should receive the flu vaccination annually.
The flu season traditionally begins in January however it has begun as early as October in the past. Avoid dehydration when you have the flu. Drink a non sugary drink often.
If you do contract the flu, and have diabetes, most over the counter medications are safe to take. However, you should ready the safety labels first. Many cough syrups, cough drops and other such medications include sugar. You should obviously avoid high sugar cough drops and medications. You may also want to check your sugar levels more often if you have the flu. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends testing every three to four hours if you have the flu. If you notice significant changes in your levels, contact your doctor and report those changes immediately. Your doctor may suggest you alter your medications while you have the flu.
Statistically, one out of every three people with diabetes gets vaccinated. However, according to the ADA, diabetics are three times more likely to die from the flu and complications.
This article is not intended to replace the medical advice of your physician. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes, make an appointment with your physician.
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