Anyone can get the flu, but some groups are more susceptible than others and are at greater risk for more serious complications or even death.
Risk groups include:
- Children under the age of 2 (whose immune system is not yet fully developed)
- Seniors over the age of 65 (most flu deaths are among seniors)
- Anyone who has a chronic medical condition (such as asthma or diabetes)
- Pregnant women
- Health care workers
- Nursing home residents
The CDC recommends that high-risk individuals get a flu vaccination each year.