Am I at high risk of H1N1 flu if I have a kidney disease?

The flu is very contagious, and people are at risk for catching it whether they're healthy or have chronic health problems. But your kidney disease puts you at high risk for developing flu-related complications, which can be caused by the H1N1 virus or other flu viruses. Yearly flu vaccination is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older, and for anyone with a chronic illness, like kidney disease, to prevent severe illness and potentially serious complications of the flu. Each year, experts adjust the seasonal flu shot so it protects against the particular viral strains most likely to be circulating. Talk to your doctor if you have specific concerns about the H1N1 virus or the flu vaccine.

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