FLU VACCINATION FOR
People With Certain Health Conditions
Individuals living with certain health conditions, even when these conditions are well-controlled, are at greater risk of flu complications, including hospitalization, catastrophic disability, and even death.
People with a chronic health condition(s) are at increased risk from flu and associated complications. Some people may not even be aware that they have a chronic health condition. That's why annual flu vaccination is so important for everyone six months of age and older.
Some of the more common conditions that can elevate risk of flu include:
- 6x increased risk of hospitalization
- increased risk of heart attack or stroke
- worsening of diabetic conditions (poor glycemic control and acidosis)
- increased risk of renal and cardiovascular disease issues
- permanent physical decline or loss of independence
- 3x higher risk of death due to flu infection
- 10x increased risk of heart attack within 3 days of flu infection
- inflammation in the body that leads to an increased risk of heart attack weeks after acute flu infection
- permanent physical decline and loss of independence
On average, as many as 1 in 5 heart failure hospitalizations appear to be triggered by the flu during the months when influenza viruses are circulating widely.
- asthma attacks or a worsening of their lung disease
- progressive loss of lung function
- complications such as pneumonia and other respiratory diseases
- a permanent physical decline and potential loss of independence
- a high risk of death
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