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Extremely obese people are more likely to die from the Swine Flu

Written By Betty van der Mark on Friday, January 7, 2011 | 5:16 AM

Extremely obese persons with a body mass index equal to or over 40 should get vaccinated annually for influenza, according to study author Janice K. Louie of the CDPH. Anecdotal evidence suggests that people who are obese, and acquire this swine flu virus, seem to be at greater risk of developing deadly pneumonia. Extreme obesity upped the death risk for those infected with H1N1 or swine flu in 2009, a study shows. Half of Californians older than 20 years hospitalised with the flu were obese, reports the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Researchers co-related extreme obesity with a nearly three-fold increased odds of death from swine flu.