Itâ€™s true that the people most likely to become seriously ill or die from the seasonal flu are over age 65. But flu can become risky for anyone, even healthy young adults. Some of the most susceptible people to seasonal influenza are young children. Ninety percent of H1N1 swine flu deaths have been in people under age 65, while 90% of seasonal flu deaths are in the elderly. And both seasonal and pandemic flu are particularly dangerous for very young children.
â€œChildren under 2 years have some of the highest rates of hospitalization from [seasonal] flu,â€ says Hay. Children under 6 months are at the most risk from the seasonal flu because theyâ€™re too young to get the vaccine.
To protect infants from the flu, keep babies away from people who have the flu. Parents and caretakers of infants should get vaccinated.