Influenza Risk Factors

Following is a list of all the health and age factors that are known to increase a person’s risk of getting serious complications from the flu:

Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)
Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
Kidney disorders
Liver disorders
Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
Morbid Obesity
Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions
People younger than 19 years of age on long-term aspirin therapy
People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
People with weakened immune systems due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or cancer, or those on chronic steroids)
Other people at high risk from the flu:
Adults 65 years and older
Children younger than 2 years old
Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks from end of pregnancy American Indians and Alaska Natives

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