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Does the flu affect children and the elderly more severely?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The very young have less developed lungs and a more active immune system, causing more inflammation and damage.
The elderly have more scarred and damaged lungs, plus likely heart issues, and a less effective immune system, enabling an infection to cause more damage.

In brief: Yes
The very young have less developed lungs and a more active immune system, causing more inflammation and damage.
The elderly have more scarred and damaged lungs, plus likely heart issues, and a less effective immune system, enabling an infection to cause more damage.
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. HIndi Mermelstein
Psychiatry - Geriatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
The very young and the very old are more vulnerable to both illness ( ? Less efficient immune system) and the impact of illnesses such as the flu.
In addition the elderly often have chronic conditions and are taking medication that complicates the picture even more. So more caution and careful attention when they are unwell is tantamount.

In brief: Yes
The very young and the very old are more vulnerable to both illness ( ? Less efficient immune system) and the impact of illnesses such as the flu.
In addition the elderly often have chronic conditions and are taking medication that complicates the picture even more. So more caution and careful attention when they are unwell is tantamount.
Dr. HIndi Mermelstein
Dr. HIndi Mermelstein
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