Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
October 9, 2001
Question from Springfield, Virginia, USA:
I am a mid-30 year old female with type�1 diabetes for 18 years, and allergy testing revealed that I am allergic to thimerosal. I have had the flu shot for several years now (missed it last year because I got sick and could not shake it in the time that I felt was beneficial). I have never had any kind of reaction, but I believe it contains thimerosal as a preservative. What should I do?
If you are allergic to the flue shot preservatives, then don’t get the flu shot. Not everyone with diabetes needs the flu shot since it only protects against a single type of flu bug (influenza).
[Editor’s comment: There are now medications to treat the flu — amantadine (Symmetrel), rimantadine (Flumadine), zanamivir (Relenza), and oseltamivir (Tamiflu) — see Flu Shots at the Diabetes Monitor.