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Why are the elderly susceptible to infection in the hospital?

Older patients are more susceptible to infections because their immune systems are weaker. They also may have additional conditions that open the door for infection. Chronic age-related diseases can contribute to weakness as well. Lastly, the elderly patient is likely to be on more than one medication, which can affect how the body protects itself against infections.

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