In contrast with final 12 months’s delicate flu season, there have already been greater than 3 occasions the variety of flu-related deaths, the American Diabetes Affiliation (ADA) stated in a information launch.1 To this point this season, there have been at the least 25 million diseases, 280,000 hospitalizations, and 18,000 deaths from flu, in response to the CDC.2

Whereas seasonal influenza exercise in the USA is declining, flu season is anticipated to proceed nicely into spring, the ADA famous.

Because of this, the ADA, the American Coronary heart Affiliation, and the American Lung Affiliation are teaming as much as ship a message to individuals who haven’t but obtained this season’s flu vaccine: “It’s not too late to guard your self and others, a few of whom are extra weak to the hazards of the flu, by getting your flu shot,” ADA stated.

“Whereas nobody needs to expertise the distress of the flu, for many individuals with continual situations, the flu causes severe issues, resulting in hospitalization or in some cases dying,” the ADA added. In recent times, about 9 out of each 10 individuals who had been within the hospital as a result of flu had at the least one underlying medical situation, the CDC discovered.3

“In recent times, nearly a 3rd of the folks hospitalized as a result of flu had diabetes,” stated Robert Gabbay, MD, chief scientific and medical officer for the ADA. “The affect from any sickness can pose a risk to somebody with diabetes, particularly contemplating many individuals who dwell with diabetes produce other issues like coronary heart illness and kidney illness.”

Most pharmacies have a big variety of sufferers with diabetes of their inhabitants, together with those that produce other continual illnesses, reminiscent of coronary heart illness and bronchial asthma, John Beckner, RPh, senior director of strategic initiatives for the Nationwide Neighborhood Pharmacists Affiliation stated throughout Drug Matters®’s current Across the Apply roundtable. “People who smoke may additionally profit,” Beckner famous. “Anybody can profit from the seasonal flu vaccine, however definitely these populations may benefit and may shield themselves in opposition to severe illness.”

To spice up vaccine uptake for these with continual situations, pharmacists can “customise the message” to every illness affected person inhabitants as an alternative of claiming, “everybody 6 months and older ought to get the flu vaccine,” stated Jeff Goad, PharmD, MPH, president-elect of the Nationwide Basis for Infectious Ailments and tenured professor of pharmacy apply and affiliate dean of educational affairs at Chapman College Faculty of Pharmacy, throughout the roundtable.

“You’ll be able to customise it, then it turns into a suggestion for them, not for everybody,” Goad stated. For instance, clarify to sufferers, “You’re a smoker, which will increase your danger of pneumococcal pneumonia” or “You’ve gotten diabetes, which will increase your danger of extra extreme illness,” Goad stated.


1. Most individuals hospitalized with the flu have a continual sickness. Information launch. American Diabetes Affiliation. February 6, 2023. Accessed February 21, 2023.

2. Weekly US influenza surveillance report. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Up to date February 17, 2023. Accessed February 21, 2023.

3. A continual well being situation can enhance your danger. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Accessed February 21, 2023.