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Who is at Highest Risk for Getting Influenza?


Public health officials state that, while anyone can get sick with influenza, those most at risk for complications are pregnant women, the elderly, individuals with specific chronic medical conditions (i.e., HIV/AIDS, asthma, diabetes, heart or lung diseases), young children under age five, and health care workers.1 2 Due to the fact that influenza viruses are continually changing, the severity of symptoms associated with influenza infections and the prevalence of related complications varies from season to season.3 4

IMPORTANT NOTE:NVIC encourages you to become fully informed about Influenza and the Influenza vaccine by reading all sections in the Table of Contents, which contain many links and resources such as the manufacturer product information inserts, and to speak with one or more trusted health care professionals before making a vaccination decision for yourself or your child. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.

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1  CDC. People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications. Oct. 5, 2017.

2 WHO. Influenza (Seasonal) November 2016.

3 CDC. Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2016-2017 Influenza Season. Oct. 18, 2016

4 Dennis B. Flu vaccines: a mixture of hard science and good fortune. The Guardian Jan. 18, 2015.

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