Vaccination reduces the risk of death from influenza in diabetics by 30%


MEXICO.- Vaccination against influenza can reduce up to 30% of the likelihood that someone with diabetes dies from complications from this virus, said a specialist today.

Before the World Diabetes Day celebrated on November 14, Dr. Patricia Cervantes said at a press conference that people with diabetes affected by influenza were three times more likely to be hospitalized and six times more likely to die.

"Vaccination is important, not only to avoid complications from influenza, but also to avoid other complications associated with this virus," said medical director Sanofi Pasteur, Latin America.

The expert explained that this vaccine protected diabetics and reduced 30% of the chances of suffering a sudden attack on the heart, 22% of heart failure, 19% of myocardial infarction, and 15% of pneumonia. "that it's important to get vaccinated."

In that case, Dr. Alejandra Malacara said that 80% of people who experience complications from influenza are because they are not vaccinated or because they have one or more comorbidities such as diabetes.

According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 425 million people in the world with diabetes. In Mexico, currently 11.5 million people live with this disease.

Diabetes is the leading cause of death in Mexico and type 2 is the most common cause of this disease. Among the main risk factors for developing this disease are being overweight, obesity, sedentary lifestyles and family history.

In addition to preventive measures such as vaccination, Dr. Gabruila Allard said it was important that patients stay in control because, over time, high glucose levels in the blood cause damage to many tissues in the body, which puts the lives of patients at risk.

"If the patient does not receive proper treatment and does not have a healthy lifestyle, he may have vision problems in 54.5% of cases, retinal damage in 11.19% of cases, loss of vision at 9, 9%, boils at 9.14% and amputation in 5.5%, "said the specialist.

The problem, said Dr. María Elena Saduño, is that in Mexico 75% of patients with diabetes are out of control goals.

"It's complicated because it's a growing problem in Mexico. Control of diabetes involves a learning process to understand disease, as well as changes in behavior, use of drugs and frequency of medical evaluations," he said.

In the same way, it shows the importance of family participation in the process of controlling diabetes in patients and that education and vaccination are the basic pillars for the prevention of complications associated with diseases such as influenza.

In addition, he said that this vaccine must be applied every year, because every year influenza virus strains change "so you have to be protected every year this season," concluded Saduño.


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