Diabetes and Vaccines 

Increasing vaccine use in people with diabetes

People living with diabetes are at increased risk of developing serious complications from vaccine-preventable diseases. These include influenza, pneumococcal disease, hepatitis B, shingles, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. 

The problem is that many of them don't know it. Case in point: The influenza vaccine. The MADIABETES cohort study found that only 66% of people with diabetes received the flu vaccine; and the higher someone’s A1C, the less likely they were to get it. The most common reason: they didn’t feel they were at risk. 

Changing Perceptions

AADE has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to spread the word on the importance of vaccines for people living with diabetes. To help with this effort, the CDC has created an engaging animated infographic, below. We encourage you to use it when educating your patients about the role of vaccines in keeping them healthy.  

And for additional reading, take a look at AADE’s Vaccination Practices for People with Diabetes Practice Synopsis and a recent AADE in Practice article about “Partnering with Pharmacists to Improve Vaccination Rates,” which also includes a list of immunization regulations by state.