How do other illnesses affect avian flu?

One of the dangers of avian flu is that few people if any have a natural immunity to it, but chronic diseases, such as diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, or kidney problems, increase your risk of getting any type of influenza, including avian flu, and of developing complications. Illnesses that require you to be on medications that suppress the immune system also increase your risk, as do diseases that affect the immune system such as HIV.

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