The CDC names the following individuals at High Risk for Developing Flu-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)
Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
-American Indians and Alaska Natives seem to be at higher risk of flu complications.
And there’s more:
People who have medical conditions including:
Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability, moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury].
Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)
Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or cancer, or those on chronic steroids)
People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
People with extreme obesity
ANE is typically a complication from the flu mainly occurring in children between 18 months and 4 years however it can occur in the later stages of life as well, especially if you have the gene mutation.
ANE is an ultra rare disease but the complications from the flu are not all so rare. Here are some other disease and/or condition that can be triggered by Influenza:
- sinusitis(sinus infections), bronchitis, or pneumonia
- ear infections
- muscle inflammation (myositis), problems with your central nervous system, and heart problems
- brain inflammation leading to brain injury
- neurological changes
We all need to be socially responsible for our peers especially the young generation and our older generations. There’s a popular saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”, let’s be that village, that global village. Today, 8.5% of people worldwide (617 million) over the aged 65 and 17.6% for children under the age of 5. These are measurable statistics that addresses age but you never know who around you may be going through chemo or has a friend/family/relative that is going through chemo. You don’t know who has an immune disorder, diabetes or neurological disorders. There’s so many “invisible” disease that we all need to be careful.
ANE International supports yearly flu vaccination, staying home when you are unwell and good hand washing to help prevent the spread of flu.
Will you be doing your part and not spreading the influenza virus?
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