What patients are most at risk for infection and why?
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In this regard, why are some people more vulnerable to infection?
Often, when people age, there is immunosenescence, which means that the immune system doesn't function as well or as vigorously. The combination of increased comorbid conditions and the decrease in activity of the immune system can make people more prone to infections.
Likewise, what are the risk factors for infection? Having other medical conditions such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), autoimmune disease, among others. If you have other medical conditions, ask your doctor if they put you at increased risk for infection. Other factors, such as poor nutrition, stress, or lack of sleep.
Likewise, people ask, which age group is at the highest risk for infection?
In high-transmission areas of the world, children under 5 years of age (including infants) are the most vulnerable group.
What makes a person vulnerable?
The Department of Health defines a vulnerable adult as a person aged 18 years or over who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness, and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or