An expert recommends tips that diabetics must keep in mind post-vaccination

Diabetics are at a higher risk of developing Covid-19. Therefore, they must get vaccinated against the disease. Here are some post-vaccination care tips, recommended by an expert.
Dr Prashanth Arun Updated: 30 Oct 2023, 15:02 pm IST
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You probably already know that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing complications with Covid-19. The thing is that Covid-19 creates additional concerns for people with diabetes and requires more planning. If the blood glucose levels are not controlled well enough, there is an increased risk of developing severe complications of coronavirus. Therefore, they must get vaccinated against the disease as soon as possible.  

People need to understand that it is not that people with diabetes are more susceptible to infection, but the risk lies in the fact that the severity of the Covid-19 infection can be greater in those with diabetes. Whether the person has type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes – they are at increased risk of complications if they get infected with Coronavirus.

The Indian government has undertaken a difficult task to immunize its citizens against the novel virus. The vaccination drive is in its third phase, enabling those over 18 years of age to get vaccinated. Vaccination has emerged as a hope of overcoming Coronavirus, especially in people suffering from comorbidities such as diabetes.

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So, vaccination is a breakthrough for people with diabetes. 

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Vaccination becomes more important if you’re diabetic. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
While vaccination has its benefits, people with diabetes need to take the following measures after getting vaccinated:
  • Consume a healthy, nutritious diet.
  • Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages for at least one day before the vaccination and fifteen days after the vaccination.
  • Avoid performing any strenuous exercise for one or two days after vaccination.
  • Avoid warm fomentation or applying an ice pack at the site of injection.
  • People with diabetes must monitor their blood glucose levels regularly. Controlled blood sugar levels can enhance the efficacy of the vaccine.
  • Soon after vaccination, many people with diabetes have reported a spike in blood glucose levels. They must talk to their doctor if they notice a frequent fluctuation in blood glucose levels to avoid developing complications.
  • It is a common misconception that before vaccination, people with diabetes must stop their medicines as it may hamper the vaccine’s efficacy. We urge people not to fall for this incorrect information. People with diabetes must never discontinue their medication.

After the vaccination, some people might experience certain side effects, such as:

  • Redness, pain or swelling at the site of injection
  • Mild to high fever
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Take all the precautions after you get vaccinated. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Based on the vaccine received, some people may also experience body aches, fatigue or develop a mild rash. These are common reactions to the vaccine and will go away in a few days. In case of any severe reaction, please talk to your doctor. 

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Precaution is the best medicine

We all need to do our part to reduce the risk of getting infected with Covid-19 and of spreading the virus by following safety protocols such as:  

  • Staying indoors
  • Wearing a mask when stepping out of the house
  • Maintaining social distance while outdoors
  • Washing our hands regularly
  • Sanitizing one’s home and surroundings regularly

I urge everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Despite getting vaccinated, it is critical to follow all the safety protocols until this pandemic comes to an end.

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Dr Prashanth Arun, MD (General Medicine) Dip -Diab (UK), Consultant Physician & Diabetologist, MV Hospital For Diabetes ...Read More

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