Am I at an increased risk of illness from the flu?

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Some people are more likely to develop severe illness from seasonal flu and human swine flu. They include:

  • pregnant women
  • young children aged 6 months to under 5 years
  • people aged 65 years of age and older
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • very obese people
  • people with underlying medical conditions including
    • heart disease
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • diabetes
    • chronic neurological conditions
    • people with weakened immune systems, which may be caused by cancers, HIV/AIDS or certain medications.

If you are in one of the groups above, you:

  • are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against flu
  • should seek medical attention if you develop flu symptoms.

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