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Swine Flu: Who's Most at Risk?
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I've been receiving quite a few questions about whether certain people should be more concerned about catching swine flu. The short answer is "yes."
As with the garden-variety flu, there are some people who are more likely to be severely affected by the swine flu. These people are more likely to get very ill, require hospitalization, and more likely to die.
People at higher risk have one thing in common. Their bodies are more susceptible to serious complications of the flu, such as pneumonia or even bloodstream infection.That said, most of these people recover just fine from the flu with no serious illness. But it's good for them to take steps to be extra careful in preventing the flu.
So, who's most at risk?
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