Who is considered high risk?

Anybody can get the flu.
However, some people are at a higher
risk of developing complications
than others, including:1

People with chronic medical conditions may also be at risk of developing complications from the flu.1

  • Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Chronic heart or lung disease
  • Asthma
  • Long-term aspirin therapy (younger than 19 years of age)
  • Extreme obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or more)
  • Blood / endocrine / kidney / liver / metabolic disorders
  • Weakened immune system due to disease or medication

NOT HIGH RISK? THINK AGAIN. EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT IN ANY OF THE HIGH-RISK GROUPS, YOU MAY BE LIVING WITH A FAMILY MEMBER WHO IS.

To protect your loved ones, it is important to seek early treatment to prevent spreading the flu to them. 

 

References

  1.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People at High Risk of Developing Serious Flu-Related Complications. Available from:  www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm. Last accessed: February 2020.