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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

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Persons 65 yrs and older

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Pregnant Women

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Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel

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Caretakers or household contacts of children less than
6 months old

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

  • Pulmonary disease, e.g. asthma

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  • Cardiovascular disease, except isolated hypertension

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  • Active malignancy

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  • Chronic renal insufficiency

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  • Chronic liver disease

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  • 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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  • Morbid Obesity with BMI greater than or equal to 40

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  • Adults who have a neurologic condition that can compromise handling of respiratory secretions (cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure and neuromuscular disorders)

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Caregivers or household contacts of persons with these same chronic conditions that could place them at risk for severe complications from the flu.

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