High Risk Patients and the Flu

Fall 2018

As you know the CDC recommends the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older to help prevent getting the flu. It has also been recognized that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu and bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease. People 65 years of age and older should also be up to date with the pneumococcal vaccine to help protect against conditions such as pneumonia.

According to the CDC, people with certain chronic health conditions are at a higher risk for complications of the flu and worsening of their condition.

Chronic health conditions such as:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Chronic congestive heart failure
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Diabetes

For a more comprehensive list of people who are at a higher risk of developing flu complications please visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/index.htm

Health care professionals are the best and most trusted source of vaccine information and advice.

Educating your patients that the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year goes a long way.