# Question: Who Is Most At Risk For The Flu?

## What age groups are most affected by the flu?

The same CID study found that children are most likely to get sick from flu and that people 65 and older are least likely to get sick from influenza.

Median incidence values (or attack rate) by age group were 9.3% for children 0-17 years, 8.8% for adults 18-64 years, and 3.9% for adults 65 years and older..

## How long is the flu contagious?

When Flu Spreads Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children and some people with weakened immune systems may pass the virus for longer than 7 days.

## How many Americans get the flu each year?

CDC uses mathematical modeling in combination with data from traditional flu surveillance systems to estimate the numbers of flu illnesses in the United States. CDC estimates that flu has resulted in between 9.3 million and 45 million illnesses each year in the United States since 2010.

## Where is the flu the worst?

Worst States for the FluConnecticut.Arkansas.Kansas.Mississippi.Louisiana.Alabama.New Jersey.New Mexico.More items…•

## Where is the flu most likely to be found?

A study in 2015 looked into where influenza is most common, alongside how it spreads around the globe. While there are cases of it appearing all around the world, scientists found that it is far more prominent in the east than in the west, particularly in Southeast Asia.

## How does the flu start each year?

Answer: Influenza is a virus that’s spread from person to person. It originates, actually, among birds and other animals such as pigs, and new viral strains of influenza come to this country and to Europe from Southeast Asia.

## How long does it take for lungs to recover from flu?

Most people get over an acute bout of bronchitis in two to three weeks, although the cough can sometimes hang on for four weeks or more. If you’re in otherwise good health, your lungs will return to normal after you’ve recovered from the initial infection.

## Who usually dies from the flu?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that people ages 65 and older account for between 71 percent and 85 percent of flu-related deaths and 54 percent to 70 percent of flu-related hospitalizations in the U.S.

## How can I prevent flu complications?

Starting an antiviral medication like oseltamivir (Tamiflu) can reduce the length and severity of illness, if it’s taken within the first 48 hours after the onset of symptoms. Getting vaccinated is still the most important thing you can do to deflect the flu and avoid complications.

## When should you go to ER for flu?

When to go to the ER for flu symptoms Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen. Sudden dizziness or frequent dizzy spells. Confusion.

## What animal did the flu come from?

Birds serve as a reservoir for a vast diversity of influenza viruses to which all the major human pandemics trace their origin. People were largely unaware that at the same time as the 1918 flu pandemic, pigs were sick with the disease and influenza viruses were also causing ongoing fowl plague epidemics.

## What state has the most flu cases?

Louisiana is the top state in the U.S. for flu activity so far this fall, according to the latest weekly influenza report from the Centers for Disease Control. Puerto Rico was also reported to have a high rate of flu cases.

## Who is most at risk for getting the flu?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following people are at high risk for developing influenza-related complications:Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old.Adults 65 years of age and older.Pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum).More items…

## Can the flu weaken your immune system?

Usually, we start recovering from flu symptoms after five days, but due to the sustained high level of glucocorticoids, our immune systems are still suppressed and our bodies still susceptible to a plethora of pathogens.

## How does the flu leave your body?

Mucus is designed to trap offending viruses, which are efficiently and quickly expelled from the body through coughing and sneezing. Fever—Fevers fight influenza viruses. Because viruses are sensitive to temperature changes and cannot survive above normal body heat, your body uses fever to help destroy them.

## At what age is your immune system the strongest?

When your child reaches the age of 7 or 8, most of his immune system development is complete.

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