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High Risk Health Problems

High-risk health problems may include:

  • Age.
    • Babies born premature or who are less than 1 year old may be at high risk.
    • The risk also increases with age. Older adults are at highest risk.
  • Asthma, cystic fibrosis, and other chronic lung disease.
  • Genetic, metabolic, or neurologic problems in children. This includes children who may have many health problems that affect many body systems. These problems may limit how well the child can do routine activities of daily life.
  • Smoking.
  • Serious heart conditions.
  • Having a weakened immune system, such as having cancer or getting cancer treatment.
  • Neurologic conditions or diseases that involve the nerves and brain, such as dementia and cerebral palsy.
  • Obesity.
  • Diabetes.
  • Chronic kidney disease and having dialysis.
  • Liver disease.
  • Sickle cell disease.
  • Pregnancy.

Current as of: December 18, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine

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