Who is considered high-risk?

Anybody can get sick with the flu. However, some people are at a higher risk of developing complications than others, including:1

High risk group without pre-existing conditions

  • Children younger than 5 years of age, especially children younger than 2 years of age
  • American Indians and Alaska natives
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Pregnant women (and women up to 2 weeks’ post-partum)
  • Adults greater than 65 years of age

High risk groups with pre-existing conditions

  • Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Chronic heart or lung disease
  • Asthma
  • Long-term aspirin therapy (aged 19 years of age or younger)
  • Extreme obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or more)
  • Blood/endocrine/kidney/liver/metabolic disorders
  • Weakened immune system due to disease or medication