Are you at risk of flu complications?

Are you at risk of flu complications?

Everyone is at risk for getting the flu. However, there is a group of people who are at higher risk for serious complications and severe infection. Answer the following questions to see if you or the person you are answering for are at risk:

Yes No
1. Are you younger than 5 years or older than 65 years?
2. Are you pregnant or have you recently been pregnant (within the last 6 weeks)?
3. Do you have any of the following medical conditions?
  • heart disease (e.g., congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure)
  • lung disease (e.g., asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • diabetes
  • weakened immune system (e.g., HIV/AIDS, cancer) or taking medications that weaken the immune system (e.g., corticosteroids, medications for organ transplant, cancer medications, biologics [these medications may be used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and Crohn's disease])
  • kidney or liver problems
  • blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell anemia)
  • neurological problems, such as brain disorders, spinal cord injury, nerve disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, stroke, developmental delay, or muscular dystrophy
  • metabolic disorders, such as mitochondrial disorders and inherited metabolic disorders
4. Are you very overweight (body mass index over 35)?
5. Do you live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility?