Diseases and Conditions
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Certain factors increase the risk of developing epiglottitis, including:
- Being male. Epiglottitis affects more males than females.
- Having a weakened immune system. If your immune system has been weakened by illness or medication, you're more susceptible to the bacterial infections that may cause epiglottitis.
- Lacking adequate vaccination. Delayed or skipped immunizations can leave a child vulnerable to Hib and increases the risk of epiglottitis.