Oct 182009

Flu Risk Factors

According to the Centers for Disease Control, people at higher risk of complications from the swine flu, or any flu, include:

  • Children less than 5 years old, with those younger than 2 at highest risk of severe complications
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone age 18 or younger who is receiving long-term aspirin therapy, because there is an increased risk of Reye’s syndrome associated with the flu.
  • Anyone with any the following underlying diseases or conditions:
    • chronic pulmonary diseases, such as asthma
    • cardiovascular disease, except high-blood pressure
    • kidney diseases
    • liver diseases
    • blood diseases such as sickle-cell disease
    • neurologic or neuromuscular diseases such as multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy
    • metabolic disorders such as diabetes
    • immunosuppression, such as HIV, or caused by medication.

    – Thanks to NVRC, Fairfax