Vaccines recommended for persons with Diabetes 2014

bigstock-flu-vaccination-needle-immuniz-39650842As many of you know we have posted the 2013 recommended vaccines that most persons with with Diabetes need. These have been published by CDC and many of them pertain to a good portion of the general population as well.

Flu Shots

The flu shot will be available in October. I hope to put the consent form on line so it can be filled out before you come and save time.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

CDC has added the Hepatitis B vaccine to be given to persons with diabetes. An increased risk for HB as been found; It is a three injection series over 6 months. All medical personel and many young people get the vaccine in childhood. Persons with Type 2 Diabetes have an increased risk of fatty liver and liver inflammation and therefore may have a worse prognosis for hepatitis.

Pneumonia Vaccine

The Pneumonia vaccine is recommended for all persons with Diabetes and we have it in our office. Persons who do not have Diabetes need the Pneumonia vaccine once after age 65.

Tdap Vaccine

The Tdap vaccine is an enhanced tetanus and diphtheria vaccine with Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Pertussis can be very severe and prolonged in adults. This is the new Tetanus shot.

Shingles Vaccine

The shingles vaccine, Zostavax, is recommended for all adults with Diabetes. It is expensive but shingles can be very uncomfortable and cause prolonged pain as well as threaten vision.

HPV Vaccine

HPV vaccine is recommended for young people male and female. Hopefully it will prevent cancer of the cervix as well as some other cancers in the future.

I hope this describes the various vaccines. There is a lot more to know but I can say that generally these vaccines are effective and safe.