Sick Days

What You Should Know About Sick Care

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When you are sick your body responds in a variety of ways that can cause your blood sugar to rise. You may not feel like eating the same foods. You may be less active. You may have vomiting or diarrhea and can’t eat.

Some medicines that you might take for colds, coughs or pain may cause your blood sugar to go up. Be sure to discuss all medicines…even those you can get without a prescription…with your medical provider or pharmacist.

Preventing Illness

Staying healthy and preventing illness such as flu and pneumonia are especially important if you have diabetes. Pneumonia or the flu can be serious. Getting a flu shot and a pneumonia vaccine can help prevent these illnesses.


The flu shot is safe. It cannot give you the flu. Your family should also get a flu shot to protect you and them. You need to get a new flu shot every year. Flu shots are covered by Medicare, Part B and many insurance companies. There are many flu shot clinics all over the state for high risk people (that includes people with diabetes).


The pneumonia vaccine is given by a shot. It cannot give you pneumonia. You may have very mild side effects, such as redness or pain where the shot was given. Most people need to get the shot only one time. Some people who get the shot when they are under age 65 will need to get a second shot five years or longer after the first shot. The pneumonia shot can be given any time during the year.

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What To Do/Sick Care



Plan ahead…things to do before you get sick:

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