NYC Influenza Information
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High Risk Groups

Risk groups for severe influenza or complications due to influenza include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth, miscarriage or abortion within the previous 2 weeks
  • Age < 2 or ≥ 65
  • Chronic pulmonary disease such as asthma or COPD
  • Chronic cardiovascular, renal or hepatic disease, except hypertension
  • Hematologic disease, such as sickle-cell anemia
  • Diabetes or other metabolic disorder
  • Immune supression, including HIV-related or caused by medication or malignancy
  • Neuromuscular disorders, spinal cord injury, seizure disorders or cognitive dysfunction that may compromise the handling of respiratory secretions or increase the risk of aspiration
  • Long-term aspirin therapy (in patients < 19 years of age) due to the risk of Reye's syndrome

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