People with Medical Conditions
Most people who get the flu will have mild illness and recover within a few days to two weeks. But people who have existing or chronic medical conditions have a higher risk of serious complications from flu including hospitalization and even death. Complications may include:
- Bacterial pneumonia
- Worsening of chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes
- In children, sinus problems and ear infections.
Conditions that Put a Person at Greater Risk
Your age and certain chronic medical conditions can put you at a greater risk for serious complications from the flu. If you are in a high risk group (or live or work closely with someone at high risk) be certain to get your flu shot as soon as possible.
For more information:
See these resources to learn more about why those at greater risk for flu complications and their families/caregivers need to take special precautions.
- People with Health Conditions and the Flu This resource includes guidelines for people with asthma, diabetes, cancer, HIV-AIDS, and heart disease.
- Flu and People with Asthma
- Flu and People with Diabetes
- If You Have Diabetes, a Flu Shot Could Save Your Life (pdf)
- Flu and Heart Disease & Stroke
- HIV/AIDS and the Flu
- Cancer, the Flu and You