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How can chronic illness affect my risk of complications from the flu?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Chronic diseases such as diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, or kidney problems, increase your risk of getting influenza 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. Asthma, some blood disorders like sickle cell disease, some neurological or metabolic disorders, and morbid obesity also put you at higher risk of complications.

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