Diabetes and Flu Vaccine Side Effects

Are Diabetics More Likely to Suffer Flu Vaccine Side Effects?

[box] What You Need To Know About Diabetes and Flu Vaccine Side Effects

  • Diabetics tolerate the flu vaccine the same as patients without diabetes.
  • The flu vaccine is safe.
  • The flu vaccine does not cause the flu.
  • The flu vaccine does not lead to changes in glucose control.

What You Need To Do About Diabetes and Flu Vaccine Side Effects

  • Get the flu shot, not the nasal mist vaccine.
  • Take precautions to prevent getting the flu.



In general diabetes patients tolerate the flu vaccine without significant side effects. Based on available data, the flu vaccine appears to be safe and low risk. Common flu vaccine side effects include:

  • Soreness
  • Pain at the injection site
  • Redness or swelling at the injection site
  • Low grade fever
  • Myalgias or muscle aches
  • Headaches

Less common but significant flu vaccine side effects can occur:

  • Severe allergic reaction like anaphylaxis.
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome- a neurological disorder that occurs i about 1 in 1 million people receiving the flu vaccine.

Patients over the age of 65 now often recieve a higher dose inactivated vaccine and stomach problems, especially vomiting, have been reported as a flu vaccine side effect.

Should I Say No If I Have Egg Allergy?

If you have a severe reaction to eggs it is probably reasonable to refuse the flu vaccine.

I am Diabetic And Pregnant: What About Flu Vaccine Side Effects?

If you are pregnant it is important for you to get the flu vaccine because pregnant women develop more severe illness if they get the flu. The flu vaccine has not been shown to affect either mom or baby adversely.

Talk with your health care provider because they may have a preference as to when you receive your vaccine. The flu vaccine does not increase the risk of miscarriage and is not known to cause birth defects. Additionally, the flu vaccine may actually protect a newborn from getting the flu during the first few months of life, and has no effect on mom’s ability to breast feed.

Overall, there do not appear to be any specific concerns related to flu vaccine side effects for pregnant women- diabetic or not.

Is Getting Flu One Of The Flu Vaccine Side Effects?

While sore throat, fever, achiness, and soreness are sometimes reported following a flu vaccination, the flu shot is made from a killed virus. This means that you cannot the flu from getting the flu shot.

What Can I Do To Prevent Flu Vaccine Side Effects

Since the most common side effects are pain at the injection site and fever, a common over the counter pain medication like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen) will prevent you from experiencing either. Ask your health care provider for one before your injection, or bring one with you to your appointment.


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