Risk Factors for Flu


About risk factors: Risk factors for Flu are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Flu makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Flu. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Flu. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Flu in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: According to the Federal Government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following people are at risk for serious illness from the flu and should get a flu shot every year:

  • People 65 years of age and older
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Adults and children who have chronic heart or lung diseases
  • Adults and children with diabetes, kidney disease, or severe forms of anemia
  • Health care workers in contact with people in high-risk groups
  • Caregivers or people who live with someone in a high-risk group1

    Risks factors for Flu: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for Flu:

    1. excerpt from What to Do About the Flu - Age Page - Health Information: NIA

    Last revision: May 30, 2003

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