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Who is more at risk of sepsis?

Who is more at risk of sepsis?

  • babies younger than 1¬†year

  • people over 75

  • people who are frail

  • people with diabetes

  • people with weak immune systems

  • people who are having chemotherapy treatment

  • women who have just given birth or recently been pregnant (including those who have had a miscarriage or abortion)

  • people who have recently had surgery

  • people who have recently had a serious illness.

Babies are also more at risk if they were born prematurely or their mother had an infection while she was pregnant. This can be any type of infection, including very mild ones.

If your baby has suspected sepsis and you know you had an infection when you were pregnant you should tell your healthcare professional, even if you think it might not be important.

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