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High Risk for Flu?
While the flu can make anyone sick, certain people are at higher risk of serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia and bronchitis, which can lead to hospitalization or even death. The groups considered to be at high risk include: •Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old •Adults 65 years of age and older •Pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum) •Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities •American Indians and Alaskan Natives[729 KB] •And people who have certain chronic medical conditions including : ?Asthma ?Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability (mental retardation), moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury]. ?Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis) ?Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease) ?Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease) ?Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus) ?Kidney disorders ?Liver disorders ?Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders) ?Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or cancer, or those on chronic steroids) ?People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving aspirin therapy ?People with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater. Flu vaccines still available at our office. Call now to make an appointment.