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