People with diabetes can face additional health challenges – especially in emergencies like pandemics.

This is why it’s important to Be Prepared. This can include:

  • Getting the flu vaccine
  • Having a sick day management plan in place
  • Doing your best to manage your blood glucose levels

While these are all very important at the moment, the reality is this should be part of ongoing diabetes management.

Be Prepared and have a flu shot

There is no vaccine for COVID-19 yet, but you can get vaccinated against the seasonal flu.

People with diabetes are at a higher risk of severe complications from the flu and are more likely to develop serious respiratory illnesses than people without diabetes.

This year more than ever, it’s important to keep yourself, your family and your community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don’t risk your health. Book your flu shot today.

It’s free for people with diabetes.

Watch the full video below for more information.


Dr Gary Deed has a very important message for people living with diabetes. Be prepared and get your flu shot as soon as you can. It could save your life!

People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing severe complications from the flu.

That’s why we want them to Be Prepared and get their flu shot this winter.

There is some confusing information out there and plenty of people have come to us with their questions.

So we sat down with leading GP Dr Gary Deed and asked him some of the most common questions people with diabetes have about the flu shot particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch the video below.

Be Prepared and have a plan for if you get sick

When you have diabetes, everyday illnesses or infections can impact on your diabetes management.

A sick day is when you have an illness or infection and need to make changes to your usual diabetes management.

You may need to do this to keep blood glucose levels from going too high or too low.

These changes are usually only needed until you are well again.

It is important to be prepared before you get sick.

Have a personalised sick day action plan and sick day management kit ready to use at the earliest sign of illness.

Discuss putting together your sick-day action plan and kit with your diabetes team.

Find out more about sick day management here.

Credentialled diabetes educator Cheryl Steele talks about sick day management plans for people with type 1 diabetes

Living well during the COVID-19 pandemic brings with it many challenges.

There’s lots of things that are out of our control.

But there are some things we can control – like, how we prepare for if we get sick.

Sick day management plans are really important - not just for COVID-19, but also for common illnesses like seasonal influenza or gastro.

If you're living with diabetes, it's important to Be Prepared and have a plan in place in case you get sick.

Be Prepared. Be Healthy.

What to Do When You Get Sick

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