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02 December 2008

Who is most at risk for flu complications?

There are certain groups who are at high risk for flu complications.

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The majority of young, healthy people will not develop flu complications.

However, well-recognised complications can affect the following high-risk people:

  • the very young, particularly toddlers younger than a year
  • the very old (more than 90 percent of deaths related to influenza occur in the elderly, 65 years or older)
  • pregnant women (mid to late pregnancy)
  • those with heart disease
  • those with respiratory (chest) disease
  • those with HIV, or others who are immune compromised (e.g. people with tuberculosis.)

Reviewed (2006) by Dr Jane Yeats MBChB, BSc(Med)(Hons)Biochem, FCPathSA(Virology).

 
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