This problem is more common in children. Pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at high risk of severe illness.
Other things that may raise the risk are:
- Contact with an infected person
- Jobs that require close contact with infected people, such as healthcare workers and teachers
- Exposure to contaminated blood or blood products
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