Jan 14, 2010 2:59 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Swine flu tougher on diabetics, asthmatics

Swine flu is tougher on patients who also suffer from diabetes and asthma, according to the state health department.

Ned Calonge, chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said, "Colorado is a state with high asthma and diabetes rates, especially among the Latino and African-American population. Because these chronic diseases increase a person's risk of experiencing complications from H1N1, all individuals with asthma or diabetes, including individuals of color, should seriously consider getting vaccinated."

Calonge said it's imperative for people with these chronic illnesses to get an H1N1 swine flu vaccination.




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