Expert: Diabetes Puts Patients at ‘Greater Risk of Infection, Poor Outcomes From Flu, COVID-19’

Contemporary Clinic Staff

Laura Lee Hall, PhD, president of the Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (SHC), discusses how the SHC’s diabetes DRIVE program compares with the SHC DRIVE models aimed at improving flu and COVID-19 vaccination rates.

Contemporary Clinic interviewed Laura Lee Hall, PhD, president of the Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (SHC), on some new approaches to address racial and ethnic disparities in diabetes care.

During the discussion, Hall explained how the SHC’s diabetes DRIVE program compares with the SHC DRIVE models aimed at improving flu and COVID-19 vaccination rates.

“It's the same model but with disease-specific examples and resources. What I'd like to note is the inner relationship between diabetes, flu, and COVID-19,” Hall said. “We can't overstate or ignore this. Diabetes puts you at greater risk of infection and poor outcomes from flu and COVID-19, and flu and COVID-19 severely strains blood glucose control, so vaccination for both flu and COVID-19 is critical for people with diabetes.”

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