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mkrenee
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I am a severe diabetic. Is it best that I still get the H1N1 shot?

In Topics: H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)
> 60 days ago

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Peter_Wenger
Oct 20, 2009
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Absolutely, as people with diabetes are at increased risk of developing serious complications if infected with influenza.  You will have to receive the inactivated influenza vaccine (the intramuscular injection) rather than the nasal spray, as that is an attenuated (weakened) but live immunization, and therefore contraindicated in those with underlying conditions (such as diabetes) that would put one at increased risk of complications from influenza infection.

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