Chronic conditions increase the risk for serious complications.
As you get older, your immune system typically gets weaker—regardless of your current health. With your body’s defense system on the decline, your risk for getting sick and developing flu-related complications increases.
of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older
When it comes to the flu, age coupled with a chronic condition like heart disease, diabetes, or COPD/asthma raises the stakes for developing severe complications that can be life-threatening.
Other illnesses can increase your risk for flu-related complications, too.
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