The Basics: Am I at Risk?
Am I at high risk for serious complications from the flu?
For some people, the flu is more likely to cause serious illness that can lead to hospitalization or even death.
People at high risk for serious flu complications include:
- Children under age 5 – and especially children under age 2
- Pregnant women and women who have had a baby in the last 2 weeks
- Adults age 65 and older
- People with some long-term health conditions (like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease)
- People with a weakened immune system (for example, people with HIV)
- People who live in long-term care facilities (like nursing homes)
- American Indians and Alaska Natives
- People with extreme obesity
If you’re at high risk for serious flu complications, it’s especially important to get the vaccine before the flu starts to spread in your community. And if you care for or spend time with someone at high risk for serious flu complications, the flu vaccine can protect you both.