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Don’t Forget About the FLU!

Don’t Forget About the FLU! p PRACTICE PEARL Don’t Forget About the FLU! MARLA J. HAYES, RPH, BCPS, BCGP, CDCES With the COVID-19 pandemic taking center stage diabetes making the immune system less able to this year, it might be easy to overlook the fact defend against infections. On top of increasing the that infl uenza season is lurking right around the risk for severe complications, infl uenza can make corner. Typically starting in October, the infl uenza it more diffi cult for PWD to keep blood glucose season hits its highest point during the winter levels within target range while they are ill. months and generally ends in May. Data from the Although infections such as infl uenza often cause Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a rise in blood glucose levels, many people have a estimate 5% to 20% of the US population will loss of appetite during sickness that may result in come down with infl uenza each year, resulting in blood glucose levels dropping dangerously low. In as many as 3000 to 50 000 deaths, with another addition, with certain strains of infl uenza, vomiting 30% of the 200 000 people needing hospitalization. and diarrhea can go along with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ADCES in Practice SAGE

Don’t Forget About the FLU!

ADCES in Practice , Volume 9 (2): 3 – Mar 1, 2021

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© 2021 by the American Association of Diabetes Educators
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2633-559X
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2633-5603
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10.1177/2633559X20983030
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p PRACTICE PEARL Don’t Forget About the FLU! MARLA J. HAYES, RPH, BCPS, BCGP, CDCES With the COVID-19 pandemic taking center stage diabetes making the immune system less able to this year, it might be easy to overlook the fact defend against infections. On top of increasing the that infl uenza season is lurking right around the risk for severe complications, infl uenza can make corner. Typically starting in October, the infl uenza it more diffi cult for PWD to keep blood glucose season hits its highest point during the winter levels within target range while they are ill. months and generally ends in May. Data from the Although infections such as infl uenza often cause Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a rise in blood glucose levels, many people have a estimate 5% to 20% of the US population will loss of appetite during sickness that may result in come down with infl uenza each year, resulting in blood glucose levels dropping dangerously low. In as many as 3000 to 50 000 deaths, with another addition, with certain strains of infl uenza, vomiting 30% of the 200 000 people needing hospitalization. and diarrhea can go along with

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ADCES in PracticeSAGE

Published: Mar 1, 2021

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