Risk Factors for Swine Flu

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swine-flu.jpgWhen it first emerged, swine flu was most common in young adults. This was unusual because most flu viruses attack older adults or the very young. Today, risk factors for getting swine flu are the same as for any other strain of the flu. You're most at risk if you spend time in an area with a large number of people who are infected with swine flu.

Some people are at higher risk for becoming seriously ill if they're infected with swine flu. These groups include:

  • adults over age 65
  • children under 5 years old
  • young adults under age 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
  • people with compromised immune systems (due to a disease such as AIDS)
  • pregnant women
  • people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes or neuromuscular disease