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People at Risk

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People of all ages are at risk of infection from Mycoplasma pneumoniae, but it is most common in young adults and school-aged children. People at highest risk include those who live or work in crowded settings, such as:

  • Schools
  • College dormitories
  • Military barracks
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospitals

People at risk for serious disease include people:

  • Recovering from a respiratory illness
  • With a weakened immune system
  • With asthma