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In 2022-2023, almost a million Ukrainians were diagnosed with diabetes.

This disease negatively affects the work of the immune system, and it is less able to protect against infectious agents.

As a result, people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be more severe from common infections like the flu, be sick longer, and have a higher risk of complications and death.

Therefore, it is vital for them to protect themselves from those diseases for which there are vaccines.

What vaccinations should be given to people with both types of diabetes?

All vaccinations according to the National Calendar, including tetanus and diphtheria boosters for adults.

Vaccination against influenza, COVID-19, pneumococcal infections, because people with diabetes are at high risk of serious complications from the flu and coronavirus infection, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections. In addition, during the flu, blood sugar levels often rise to dangerously high levels.

The hepatitis B vaccine is for adults who were born before the 2000s and therefore did not receive it as children. People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of getting infected with the hepatitis B virus, because it is transmitted through blood. And where injections are used (glucometers, insulin pens, etc.), the risks of contracting the hepatitis B virus are high.

All these and other vaccinations are safe for people with diabetes, but the diseases they protect against can seriously harm their health.

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