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Are You at High Risk for the Flu?

Unlike the common cold, or other minor ailments that people mistakenly call "the flu", real influenza is a major illness that can have life-threatening complications for people of certain ages or with specific high-risk conditions. To help you determine if you are at high risk for complications from influenza, please reference the chart below. 

Patient Criteria

Influenza Vaccine

All persons 6 months of age and older;
 
Annual vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of severe influenza and their close contacts as listed below:

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All young children aged 6 months through 59 months

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All persons aged ≥ 50 years

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Pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum)

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Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel

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Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

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American Indians/Alaska Natives  ✔️

People of any age with the following chronic conditions that could put them at risk for severe complications from the flu:

  • Asthma 
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  • Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions (including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, stroke, intellectual disability, moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury)
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  • Chronic lung disease 
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  • Cardiovascular disease, except isolated hypertension

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  • Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease) 
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  • Chronic renal insufficiency

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  • Chronic liver disease

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  • Endocrine disorders (such as Diabetes mellitus)

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  • Hemoglobinopathies

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  • Immunosuppression (HIV infection, organ or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, inflammatory disorders treated with  immunosuppressants)

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  • Children and adolescents (aged 6 months through 18 years) who are taking aspirin or salicylate-containing medications 
 
  • Morbid Obesity with body mass index ≥40

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Household contacts (including children) and caregivers of persons with these same medical conditions that could place them at risk for severe complications from the flu.

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Household contacts (including children) and caregivers of persons of children aged ≤ 59 months and adults aged ≥ 50 years, particularly contacts of children <6 months.   ✔️