People living with Type1 & Type2 diabetes are at increased risk of developing serious complications from vaccine-preventable diseases. These include influenza, pneumococcal disease (pneumonia), hepatitis B, shingles, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).
People with diabetes are 6 times more likely to be hospitalized due to complications from the flu or pneumonia. People with diabetes are 3 times more likely to die due to complications from the flu or pneumonia. Our Diabetes Experts helps you to control Type1 & Type2 Diabetes
Recommended vaccines for diabetes patients
|Conditions||Vaccines Schedules||Date of administration|
|Pneumococcal Pneumonia (polysaccharide)||1 or 2 doses|
|Influenza (Flu)||1 dose TIV annually|
|DPT(Diphtheria, Whooping cough, Tetanus)||1 dose and then booster every 10 years|
|MMR(Measles, Mumps, Rubella)||1 or 2 doses at 4 weeks interval|
|Varicella (Chicken pox)||2 doses atleast 4 weeks apart|
|Zoster||1 dose above 60 years age|
|Hepatitis B||3 doses|
|HPV (Female)||3 doses through age 26 (second dose 1-2 months after first and third dose 6 months after second)|
|HPV (Male)||3 doses through age 21 years|
The suggested criteria for vaccination
- All people with diabetes should be educated about pneumococcal and influenza vaccination with Diabetes Specialists.
- People over the age of 60 years must be strongly advised to be vaccinated.
- Children with diabetes, above 6 months can be given influenza vaccine and those above 2 years of age can be given pneumococcal vaccine.
- Apart from influenza and pneumococcal vaccines, other vaccines may be given to diabetes subjects as per necessity.
- People with compromised kidney failure in any age group can be immunized.
- Subjects with diabetes and immuno-compromised state because of concomitant conditions can be immunized irrespective of their age.
- Diabetic patients and those with chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchial asthma may be immunized irrespective of their age.
Diabetic subjects who are smokers can be immunized
Contraindications to vaccination
- Hypersensitivity to the active substances or to any of the recipients of the vaccine or history of chicken egg allergy particularly when considering flu shot.
- Immunization should be postponed in patients with febrile illness or any acute infection.