Who is High-Risk for Serious Illness From the Flu?
It is vital for people who are at high risk for serious illness from the flu to get a flu vaccine each year. Complications from the flu can be life-threatening.
People at high risk include:
- Adults who are 65 and older
- People with chronic health issues such as:
- Heart disease/stroke
- Kidney disease
- People with a weakened immune system due to health conditions such as:
- HIV or AIDS
- People with disabilities
- Children younger than 5 years old – especially those younger than 2
- Children with neurologic conditions, such as disorders of the brain and spinal cord
- Pregnant people
- People from racial and ethnic minority groups
Learn more at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) website, such as:
- Specific flu advice for each high risk group
- A full list of factors known to raise the risk of flu complications
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Who is at High Risk for Serious Illness from the Flu?