Who is considered high risk?
Like COVID-19, anybody can get the flu. But some people are at a higher risk of developing complications than others.1,2
For the flu specifically, these people include:2–4
People with chronic medical conditions may also be at risk of developing complications from the flu.2
- Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions
- Chronic heart or lung disease
- Long-term aspirin therapy (younger than 19 years of age)
- Extreme obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or more)
- Blood / endocrine / kidney / liver / metabolic disorders
- Weakened immune system due to disease or medication
- Endocrine disorders e.g. diabetes
- WebMD. Who gets COVID-19? Available from: https://www.webmd.com/lung/qa/who-gets-covid19. Last accessed: October 2020.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People at High Risk of Developing Serious Flu-Related Complications. Available from: www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm. Last accessed: October 2019.
- First Nations Health Authority. Influenza (flu) information. Available from: https://www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/communicable-disease-control/influenza-information. Last accessed: October 2019.
- NSW Government. Aboriginal people and influenza. Available from: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/Influenza/Pages/aboriginal_people_and_influenza.aspx. Last accessed: October 2020.
- Mertz D et al. BMJ 2013; 347: f5061.
- Allen UD et al. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol 2006; 17(5): 273–284.