As we head additional into spring, Australians are being warned to not be complacent about their well being with the newest information revealing a lingering influenza (flu) season coupled with a rise in respiratory viruses. When you have not had a flu vaccination but this 12 months, it’s a good time to go to your GP or pharmacist to get a shot.
Whereas the interval of peak influenza circulation is usually June to September in most elements of Australia, influenza can unfold all 12 months spherical. And there’s usually an uptick in late spring.
This 12 months, as covid social distancing measures and precautions have lapsed, there appears to be like to be a resurgence of respiratory sicknesses akin to flu, RSV, and HMPV. Should you had your flu vaccination from mid-April onwards this 12 months you’ll doubtless nonetheless have immunity, however in case you are involved it’s a good suggestion to speak along with your GP.
Individuals residing with diabetes are at a better danger of creating critical problems, akin to pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections, from a bout of the flu as diabetes can impair your immune system. Statistics present that when you’ve gotten diabetes, you’re thrice extra more likely to be hospitalised from the flu and its problems than different folks. An sickness akin to flu can even have an effect on your blood glucose ranges and diabetes administration.
Though sicknesses such because the flu have a tendency to boost blood glucose ranges, typically chances are you’ll develop into so unwell that you just don’t really feel like consuming and a diminished urge for food could cause blood glucose ranges to fall. It is very important comply with the sick day tips for those who develop into unwell.
Factsheet for folks with kind 1 diabetes
Factsheet for folks with kind 2 diabetes
The signs of flu could embrace a fever, dry or chesty cough, headache, tiredness, chills, aching muscle mass, limb or joint ache, diarrhoea or upset abdomen, sore throat, runny or blocked nostril, sneezing and a lack of urge for food.
The influenza vaccine is free beneath the Nationwide Immunisation Program for:
- Individuals aged six months or over who’ve medical situation, together with diabetes.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander folks aged six months and over
- Kids aged six months to beneath 5 years
- Pregnant ladies at any stage of being pregnant
- Individuals aged 65 years or over.