Massachusetts Medical Society: Are You at High Risk for Flu Complications?

Are You at High Risk for Flu Complications?

Some people are more likely to develop flu complications:

  • People 65 years of age and older
  • Children 6-23 months of age
  • People of any age with chronic medical conditions (for example, heart or lung disease, diabetes);
  • Pregnant women

If you are in one of these groups and you get flu-like symptoms, call your health-care provider when your symptoms begin.

Some of the complications caused by flu include bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Children also may get sinus and ear infections.

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