What are the high-risk groups?

Flu vaccination is especially important for protecting people who are at high risk due to comorbidities, specific conditions, or age.

The following health and age factors increase the risk of getting serious flu complications:

Pregnant women

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Young children

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People 65 years and older

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People with Heart Disease or History of Stroke

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People with Diabetes

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People with Asthma

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People with Chronic Kidney Disease

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People with certain health conditions, including:

  • Metabolic disorders
  • Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)
  • Disorders that may cause breathing problems, such as seizure, nerve and muscle disorders
  • Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
  • People who are very overweight (a Body Mass Index of 40 and over)
  • Weakened immune system (such as from HIV or cancer treatment)

People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities24