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routine immunizations in HIV kids
Nov 26, 2001

Could you please suggest the most updated guidelines on routine immunization for HIV children?

Response from Dr. Luzuriaga

Most routine childhood immunizations (Hepatitis B, DTP, inactivated polio, hemophilus influenza) are recommended for HIV positive children according to the routine schedule. The live virus vaccines, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and varicella (chicken pox) are generally recomended for HIV positive children, except those who are severely symptomatic or have low CD4 counts. BCG is not generally recommended for HIV positive children. Hepatitis A immunization is recommended for children living in endemic areas and for children with hepatitis coinfection. The immunogenicity of the new conjugated pneumococcal vaccines is currently under evaluation in HIV positive children.


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