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A 24-year-old female asked:

flu risks include endocrin disorders like diabetes. i have a low thyroid, so would this make me a 'high risk' of dying from h1n1? why?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Hypothyroidism: I am presuming that you are on replacement thyroid hormone, in which case you are normal and not at any added risk of influenza, but should get the vaccine yearly. Diabetics have some impairment of immune function and so are at added risk of influenza.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
No: Not at all. You may die from h1n1 for lack of getting a flu shot and an underlying poor diet, exercise habits, and chronic medical conditions, particularly when poorly controlled.

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