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Influenza vaccines may help protect eligible patients you see every day1

Recommend influenza vaccines as part of their healthcare plan this flu season

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Kurt, man with white hair and glasses

Kurt, 72 years, retired stock broker

Underlying medical conditions: Hypertension

Details: Kurt was diagnosed with hypertension 12 years ago and currently takes medication to manage it. Incidences of acute myocardial infarction have been observed in patients like Kurt after influenza infection.2

Risk of developing flu complications: High

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Courtney, woman with black hair and earrings

Courtney, 50 years, English teacher

Underlying medical conditions: Asthma

Details: Courtney is at high risk of developing a serious flu complication even though she takes asthma medication. Flu infections can cause further inflammation of the airways and lungs, which can lead to pneumonia.3

Risk of developing flu complications: High

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Mohammed, man with hat and gray beard

Mohammed, 66 years, news editor

Underlying medical conditions: Diabetes

Details: Even though Mohammed is managing his diabetes, he is more likely to be hospitalized after an influenza infection.4,5 Influenza can make Mohammed's condition worse because diabetes can make the immune system less able to fight infections. Influenza can even make it harder to control blood sugar levels.5

Risk of developing flu complications: High

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Cam, man with gray hair and sweatshirt

Cam, 75 years, football coach

Underlying medical conditions: None

Details: Cam is healthy and his doctor isn’t worried about anything besides normal changes due to aging, like immunosenescence. People 65 years and older, like Cam, have a higher risk of developing serious influenza complications due to changes in immune defense.6

Risk of developing flu complications: High

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Zhu, woman with black hair and black shirt

Zhu, 41 years, police detective

Underlying medical conditions: None

Details: Zhu works in close contact with the public. Even though the risk of Zhu developing complications due to influenza is low, any healthy individual could experience severe complications of influenza.1,7

Risk of developing flu complications: Low

References:

  •  Grohskopf LA, Alyanak E, Ferdinands JM, et al. Prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, United States, 2021–22 influenza season. MMWR. 2021;70(5):1-28. doi:10.15585/mmwr.rr7005a1 
  •  Kwong JC, Schwartz KL, Campitelli MA, et al. Acute myocardial infarction after laboratory-confirmed influenza infection. N Engl J Med. 2018;378(4):345-353. 
  •  Flu & people with asthma. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/asthma.htm 
  •  Allard R, Leclerc P, Tremblay C, Tannenbaum T-N. Diabetes and the severity of pandemic influenza A (H1N1) infection. Diabetes Care. 2010;33(7):1491-1493. 
  •  Flu & people with diabetes. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 26, 2021. Accessed January 19, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/diabetes.htm 
  •  Flu & people 65 years and older. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 26, 2021. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/65over.htm 
  •  Warren-Gash C, Blackburn R, Whitaker H, McMenamin J, Hayward AC. Laboratory-confirmed respiratory infections as triggers for acute myocardial infarction and stroke: a self-controlled case series analysis of national linked datasets from Scotland. Eur Respir J. 2018;51. doi:10.1183/13993003.01794-2017