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Flu and Adults with Chronic Health Conditions

Influenza (flu) is a contagious and potentially deadly virus that can result in serious complications for individuals living with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. Even when well-controlled, having a chronic condition puts them at high risk for flu-related complications, including hospitalization, catastrophic disability, and even death. In recent flu seasons, 9 out of 10 people hospitalized with flu had at least one underlying health condition. Anyone can get sick with flu, but certain people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications, including people with certain chronic health conditions. Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older to help reduce the risk of flu-related complications.

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Flu Is Not a Game

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#LowerYourFluRisk Resources

NFID has developed resources on flu and chronic health conditions, in collaboration with supporting partner organizations.

Social Media Graphics (Closing Communication Gaps)

NFID commissioned two national surveys (conducted online from October 28-November 8, 2021) to better understand knowledge, attitudes, and practices toward flu and pneumococcal vaccination as well as communication between healthcare professionals (HCPs) and adult patients with chronic health conditions.

Public Service Announcements

Animated videos highlighting the importance of annual flu vaccination in those with chronic health conditions

Infographics: The Dangers of Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 in Adults with Chronic Health Conditions

Infographics: The Dangers of Flu and Chronic Health Conditions

Fact Sheets for Specific Chronic Health Conditions