Do you or your child get or plan to get a flu shot?
My child has diabetes
Yes, my child always gets a flu shot
Yes, my child will get a flu shot for the first time this year
Yes, but my child doesn't get a flu shot every year
No, my child will not get a flu shot
I have diabetes
Yes, I always get a flu shot
Yes, I will get a flu shot for the first time this year
Yes, but I don't get a flu shot every year
No, I will not get a flu shot
Total votes: 693
Do you or your child get or plan to get a flu shot?Poll dates: October 12 - 19, 2003
Total Votes: 693
For people with diabetes, the flu can be more than aches and pains. It can mean longer illness, hospitalization, even death. Uncontrolled diabetes can make the immune system more vulnerable to severe cases of "the flu" (influenza). Everybody with diabetes, of any age, should get this cheap and easy protection.
Flu vaccines are available at little or no cost. (The cost is covered by Medicare Part B, and by State Health Departments.) You can get your flu shot at doctors' offices, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores, and your county health department. But talk to your doctor first: there are a few people who shouldn't get vaccinated.
Wisely, most people responding report that they will get a flu shot for themselves or their children with diabetes.
For more information about the impact of influenza on children, see Illness Among Schoolchildren During Influenza Season and Flu Shots from the Diabetes Monitor.
The table below shows how readers have responded to this poll in the past.
Answer Oct 2003 Oct 2002 Oct 2001 My child has diabetes Yes, my child always gets a flu shot 56% 56% 64% Yes, my child will get a flu shot for the first time this year 6% 10% 10% Yes, but my child doesn't get a flu shot every year 2% 2% 4% No, my child will not get a flu shot 11% 8% 6% I have diabetes Yes, I always gets a flu shot 12% 14% 7% Yes, I will get a flu shot for the first time this year 2% 1% 2% Yes, but I dosn't get a flu shot every year 2% 2% 1% No, I will not get a flu shot 5% 4% 4%
Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:37:36
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