International Nurses Day: Influenza Vaccination protects people living with Diabetes


Nurses are among the most valuable resources in healthcare systems worldwide. International Nurses’ Day on May 12 pays tribute to the professionalism of nurses, and highlights the crucial role that they play in improving standards of care across the globe.


In addition to providing day-to-day care, nurses help to drive prevention, patient adherence and behavior change, and address unmet patient needs for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other types of chronic disease management.

They also help empower and inspire patients to make changes to better manage their own healthcare.

Sanofi understands the important role that nurses play in global healthcare initiatives. That’s why Sanofi has developed the Connecting Nurses program in partnership with global nursing organizations. The initiative sees 20 million nurses come together online to share information and ideas related to patient-centered care.

Connecting Nurses focuses on practical information alongside inspirational nurse-led projects that demonstrate the many ways in which nurses are making a positive impact on healthcare.



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Nurses – highly trusted among patients worldwide


A survey conducted via the Connecting Nurses network involving 1,500 people in 13 countries highlights the value that patients place on nursing professionals.

Of those surveyed, 75% of people with chronic conditions said that they had a high perception of nurses in terms of trust.

The survey also indicated that when it comes to critical issues such as vaccination, patients rely heavily on nurses for advice and support. Patients were more trusting of those nurses to receive information and advice on vaccination options. Furthermore, one in every two patients said they would like to see nurses spend more time on vaccination programs.


SANOFI_NursesDay“International Nurses Day is an opportunity to raise awareness on Influenza Vaccination for people living with Diabetes. Influenza is more frequent among patients with diabetes, their risk of hospitalization 6 times greater… We wish to federate nurses around the importance of prevention and the role of nurses in keeping people healthy, protecting their patients and using daily nursing practice to increase flu vaccination rates of medically vulnerable patient populations. For example, nurses play an important role in promoting flu vaccination… “ Dr Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH, Chief Patient Officer, Sanofi


Nurses’ essential role in vaccination


Since immunization against influenza is a crucial component of secondary prevention for many chronic diseases such as diabetes, health carers have an instrumental role in raising at-risk patients’ awareness of their vulnerability to influenza.

Nurses particularly have a crucial role to play as they interact with their patients at key moments in their care pathway, making the link between the general practitioner and the specialist services.

Influenza is more frequent and more severe in diabetics than non-diabetics. Diabetic patients are also at increased risk of complications, hospitalizations and deaths due to influenza.


 “We are at higher risk because diabetes is a disease that breaks down your resistance to infections and diseases.”Anton F, South Africa


In fact, diabetics are 3-6 times more likely to be hospitalized during an influenza epidemic than non-diabetics, and there is a six-fold increase in the risk of death as a result of influenza complications.


 “Living with diabetes means that one is more prone to infections in general, and very frequently with influenza if one’s glucose levels are not under control.”Saju J, India


The influenza vaccine can help to reduce these risks and improve the management of diabetes. In people with diabetes, influenza vaccination can reduce hospital admissions for influenza and pneumonia by as much as 15% and strokes by 30%. Overall, vaccinations can reduce death rates among diabetics by up to 24%.

Nurses can help lower the number of influenza complications by arming themselves with up-to-date, reliable information on the risk posed by the disease and discussing with their patients on how to manage their condition with evidence-based information

That’s why we are also encouraging nurses to get themselves vaccinated against influenza – to potentially minimize the risk of spreading the virus to their patients.


Healthier nurses can lead to healthier patients – and that’s good for everyone.


> Watch the video with David Loew, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Sanofi Pasteur 


> Watch the video with Su Peing, Global Medical Head, Sanofi Pasteur  


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