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Diabetes can increase your risk of serious pneumococcal infections

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF PNEUMOCOCCAL INFECTIONS with Diabetes?

  • You are more likely to get a pneumococcal infection in the first place

You have a higher risk of developing serious infections, such as:

You may have poor control
of your blood sugar levels

You could need treatment
in hospital

An infection might lead to
further health issues

You may have a higher risk
of complications and death

If you have diabetes, getting vaccinated can help protect you against serious
pneumococcal infections

Speak to your doctor or practice
nurse about the NHS pneumococcal immunisation programme.

WHY DIABETES MAY INCREASE YOUR RISK

  • You may have a weaker
    immune system

  • Diabetes may have damaged your
    blood vessels or organs, increasing
    your risk of other diseases

  • Your general health may be affected
    if your diabetes is linked to weight,
    smoking or a lack of healthy foods in your diet

  • You may have a weaker immune system

  • Diabetes may have damaged your blood vessels or organs, increasing your risk of other diseases

  • Your general health may be affected if your diabetes is linked to weight, smoking or a lack of healthy foods in
    your diet

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