Primary care physicians understand well why persons with diabetes are a category unto themselves. This unique status holds true across maladies including infections. Infections wreak havoc with glucose control and can result in ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar syndrome, hospitalization, and even death. Persons with diabetes are prone to certain viral infections as well. Two particularly troublesome agents—hepatitis B and pneumococcus—and their consequences are preventable through vaccination.
Let’s start with a closer look at hepatitis B vaccination in individuals with diabetes.
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