Who is at higher risk?

  • Young adults, children and babies are most likely to get the H1N1 flu. Most cases are mild, but a small number of people, including healthy young adults, have needed intensive care in hospital for H1N1 flu or have even died. This makes H1N1 flu different from seasonal flu, which mostly affects older people.
  • Pregnant women and people with underlying disease are at higher risk of severe illness, if they are infected with H1N1.
  • Many First Nations people belong to higher risk groups for H1N1 infection and severe illness. This is because First Nations communities tend to have many young adults and children, pregnant women, and people with underlying diseases. Living in remote or isolated communities, and living in impoverished or overcrowded conditions, also places many First Nations people at higher risk.