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Flu Vaccination for Better Diabetes Outcomes

Aug 11, 2020
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: Fairuz Afram, PharmD Candidate, University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Getting an annual flu vaccine could help lower complications associated with diabetes.  

Multiple studies have shown an association between influenza vaccination and improved long term survival in patients with HF, MI, stroke, and pneumonia. 


People with diabetes have an increased risk of complications, including but not limited to cardiovascular disease. They are also more susceptible to infections like influenza, putting them at higher risk of developing acute ischemic events secondary to influenza infection. 

The American Diabetes Association recommends annual influenza vaccination for all individuals with diabetes; however, this recommendation is based on low evidence level due to insufficient clinical trials....

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