Type 1 Diabetes and H1N1 Flu

The spread of H1N1 flu (also known as swine flu) has raised concerns among people with type 1 diabetes. You may have questions such as:

  • What can I do to prevent H1N1?
  • Should I (or my child with type 1) be vaccinated?
  • How will H1N1 affect me (or my child) if I’m infected?
  • What type of treatment should I seek if I (or my child) is infected with H1N1?

To help answer some of these questions, JDRF has compiled a brief list of resources. Follow the links below to learn more about H1N1 flu and type 1 diabetes.

Please note that this information is not intended to take the place of advice from your doctor. If you have specific questions about H1N1 flu, or if you (or your child) are experiencing symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately.

CDC H1N1 Flu Information for People with Diabetes

This page from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a comprehensive resource for people with diabetes seeking to learn about H1N1 flu. It contains information about how diabetes responds to the flu, what to do if you’re sick, and when to seek medical care. It also links to other useful CDC information about H1N1.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) maintains this site as a central resource for all flu information, including H1N1. It contains updated information about flu signs and symptoms, prevention and treatment, and people with specific health conditions. It also offers the latest news on the H1N1 pandemic, as well as a flu shot locator to help you find a location near you for both H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine.

CDC H1N1 Flu Resource

This page from the CDC is another resource for information about H1N1 flu. It contains general information, the latest vaccine guidelines, and a map that tracks the spread of H1N1 throughout the United States. It provides information for specific groups such as schools, parents and caregivers, and clinicians. The CDC also offers a toll free phone number that is staffed 24 hours a day: 1-800-CDC-INFO.

CDC Seasonal Flu Information

In addition to H1N1, the CDC offers a comprehensive site for information about seasonal flu. The site includes basic facts as well as details about vaccination, signs and symptoms, and treatment. The site also has a link for people with diabetes containing information about the CDC’s Diabetes and Flu Campaign.

NIAID Flu Information

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) offers this resource for information about the flu (both H1N1 and seasonal) from a scientific perspective. It provides details about the latest research and diagnostic progress for preventing and treating the flu, including updates on recent H1N1 vaccine clinical trials.