Many people believe that the flu isn’t a serious condition, but for people at high risk for flu complications, such as seniors, it can be.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that around 310,000 people in the United States are hospitalized during the 2015-2016 flu season.
Flu can cause complications, like bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections. Worse, when a person already has a medical condition, flu can make symptoms worse, even leading to death. Knowing when an older adult who has the flu needs medical attention could make the difference between life and death.
What Conditions Are Worsened by the Flu?
There are several conditions that put a person at greater risk for complications from the flu. Some of those conditions are: