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Any ideas out there re the flu shot? Short term, what effect does it have on blood sugar? I know that in the past when I got a flu shot I felt not quite right for a few days. Long term, what do you think about whether it is advisable for anyone (or specifically diabetics) to get a flu shot?

I didn't get one last year, but the time is coming up to decide if I will get one this year.

Thanks for any thoughts you might share, pro or con:)

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The flu shot years ago, made me feel sick. When that happened, my blood sugar went up. The past 8 years or so, I have gotten a flu shot and never ended up with more than a sore arm.

I am getting one this year.
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I won't go near a flu shot.
It hasn't a thing to do with my sugar.
I just won't get one.

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Just got mine on Tuesday. I have had one for the last couple of years. Never an issue with Blood sugar or anything else.
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I've gotten a flu shot every year for the past decade. No problems. It used to make me feel slightly achy / feverish afterwards, but has not the past several years. Still, I'd rather feel slighly achy for a few days than have the flu :) :) :) I will be getting "shot up" at my next doctor's appointment.

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I work in a doctor's office, so i'm exposed to all the germs people carry in. I've had the flu shot every year for about the last 20...there's no way i'd miss one. I've never had any problem with them other than the occ. sore arm. I figure anything I can take to help me avoid or lessen a potential problem, i'll take. I also have had the pneumonia shot and the hepatitis vaccine....and when i'm old enough, i'll get the shingles vaccine as well.

I've seen way too many patients get knocked off their feet by the flu.

However, my sister has never had a flu shot and has never gotten the flu. It's all about personal choice.

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I've never had an issue with elevated glucose levels after the flu shot. I'm waiting to get mine done, once I've gotten over my cold and ear infection. My employer has a nurse come from Sentara hospital to give us all the flu shot, so its a plus:)
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i get one every year. Never had a problem with it.
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Thanks, everyone, for your input.

I really appreciate the way people on this forum are willing to share their experience and be helpful.

Kathi

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i used to think that the flu shot made me sick

the vaccine is a KILLED virus, and it takes about 3 weeks for the body to develop immunity to the virus

if you get sick before this 3 week period is over, then you have come into contact with the virus before you developed immunity

of course, this was explained to me AFTER i didn't get the flu shot one year, AND i got the flu............ man oh man, you do NOT want to get the flu....... slept for most of 6 weeks, crawling to the bathroom when necessary, unable to move for much else....... and the flu WILL raise your bg levels!

tip....... hold your arm up at the elbow to remove all tension/pressure from the upper arm muscle that is getting the flu vaccine injected into it....... since i've started doing this, the flu shot has NOT hurt me for 3 days after!

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I'm going to be getting my first one *ever* soon! I'm going with my dad as he needs to get one too being elderly and asthmatic. So it will be fun :)

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I had my first flu shot last year shortly after diagnosis. As a diabetic, I get it cover by National Health and so it is free. I'm getting my shot next week.

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I get one every year. Never a problem.
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Thanks again for the input. Sounds like the shot will probably not cause problems with blood sugar so I just have to weigh the same advantages and disadvantages as usual.

I usually get a shot because of where I work. I'm leaning toward getting one this year.

PS--Tiger Lily thanks for the tip about the sore arm. I often get a sore arm for days and will try your trick.

Kathi

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I got mine Thursday. Have never even had a sore arm. No problems for me.

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I just got a flu shot on Thursday afternoon. I'm T2 and pregnant, so my doc strongly recommended one for me. Well, since Friday, yesterday and today, my fasting GL has been 130-133, instead of 95-110. I don't know if I caught a cold from my Dad last week and it's just showing up now, or if it's from the flu shot. Either way, I'm really upset about my raised GLs. I'm in wait and see mode right now.

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last year for the first time i did not put the flu shot, i heard rumors about it that its actually not good for your body because you're getting your body used to always have something to defend against bacteria, but if u don't get it your letting your own body defend them selves.... Didn't you guys hear that most people that have Type1 diabetes were most likely the ones that were almost never sick! and when some " virus" came along your body was so not use to function because your never sick and that virus is probably the reason why it attacked the pancreas, now I am not saying this is true, that is what a lot of people say about it, also they say that if you weren't breast feed and you had caw milk you have higher chance of having diabetes, guess what? my mom only breast fed me for a month and after that she give me caw milk! but yeah i do not put any flu shots anymore I just don't believe in them anymore
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