Each year more than 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized due to seasonal flu-related complications, according to the
With an average 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population contracting the flu each year, the CDC strongly recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get a yearly flu vaccine.
“This is especially true for individuals with disabilities who may have compromised immune systems or breathing problems,” said
Chronic health conditions also can worsen due to the flu. For example, the CDC states the flu can trigger attacks in people with asthma, or individuals with chronic congestive heart failure could experience a decline in their condition. Caregivers or people who live with individuals with these conditions also are highly encouraged to get a flu shot. Find more information about precautions for people with a high risk of developing flu-related conditions at http://www.cdc.gov.
Individuals with these high-risk conditions often may experience severe disability, and as a result may be eligible for
1. Can the individual work according to the SSA definition? Earning more than
2. Is the disability severe enough to significantly limit the ability to perform basic work activities? These activities include walking, standing, sitting, lifting, pushing, carrying or handling.
3. Does the disability meet or equal a medical listing? For example, if an individual meets or equals a medical listing for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic lung condition, that person would experience, in part, an irreversible loss of pulmonary function due to ventilatory impairment, gas exchange abnormalities or a combination of both. A thorough medical history, physical examination and chest X-ray or other appropriate imaging techniques are required to establish COPD.
4. Can the individual perform work done in the past despite the disability? Benefits are denied if the SSA concludes the person can do past work. If the person is unable, the process proceeds to the fifth and final step.
5. Can other work be performed? The SSA considers age, education, work experience and physical/mental condition when determining if other work can be performed. For this step, the SSA enlists medical-vocational rules, which vary according to age.
SSDI is a federally mandated disability insurance program overseen by the
To determine if you are eligible for
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