People at high risk for the flu

Published 01/03/2020

When flu can get serious

Most people who get the flu will have a mostly mild illness that gets better on its own in less than two weeks. But those who are considered “high risk” are more likely to get flu complications that can result in hospitalization and sometimes even death.

Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections are a few examples of these complications. Flu also can make chronic health problems like asthma or congestive heart failure worse.

Who’s “high risk” for flu?

Here’s a list of some people who are more likely to get serious complications if they get sick with the flu:

  • Adults 65 years and older
  • Pregnant women
  • Young children (especially those with neurological conditions)
  • Those who have chronic health conditions like:
    • Asthma
    • Heart disease and stroke
    • Diabetes
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Cancer

If you’re in one of these groups, the CDC has more complete information as well as several helpful resources for you to review here. We hope you feel better soon!

Learn more

If you think you have the flu, you may be eligible to participate in the Seattle Flu Study: a city-wide effort to understand how the flu spreads and to develop innovative ways to fight it. Participation only takes a few minutes, and you can do it from home. Join us today!

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Source: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is one of the most trusted and comprehensive sources for information about infectious diseases. Their website has the most up to date details on how to prevent, diagnose, and treat the flu.

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