Anyone exposed to an
influenza (flu) virus can become infected. These
viruses are contagious and spread easily among people in groups, such as in
nursing homes, hospitals, shelters, schools, and day cares. Working, visiting,
or living in any of these areas increases your risk of getting the flu.
The risk of having severe symptoms and
complications is higher for:
People who have
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), other
lung diseases, or
People who have a medical
condition (such as
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome [AIDS]) or who are
using a medicine that
impairs the immune system.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 31, 2014
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