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Does Weight Affect Likelihood of Experiencing Severe Flu-Like Symptoms?

A new Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses study found that adults who are underweight or morbidly obese have an elevated risk of being hospitalized with influenza-like illness due to the flu virus or other respiratory viruses.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 12:01 am EST

A new Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses study found that adults who are underweight or morbidly obese have an elevated risk of being hospitalized with influenza-like illness due to the flu virus or other respiratory viruses.

The observational study included 4778 hospitalized and outpatient patients with influenza-like illness in six hospitals in Mexico.

The risk followed a ”U“ shaped curve, where individuals at both extremes were more likely to develop severe influenza-like illness when compared with individuals with normal weight. The findings indicate that clinicians should keep a patient’s body mass index in mind when evaluating risk of developing severe influenza-like illness and deciding on a course of treatment. 

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Link to study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/irv.12618


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