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HIV+ and other vaccinations
Sep 4, 2006

Dear Doctor,

I have been an HIV positive for 2 years. My CD4 was 472 this month. I would like to get immunisation of Hepatitis B, Flu and Zona zoster. It is safe for me to have these vaccines? Please advise me how should I get these vaccines because I am an HIV positive person. Please could you also recommend any other vaccines I should get?

I thank you very much.

WildAnimal

Response from Dr. McGovern

The Zoster vaccine is not recommended for patients with HIV because it is a live attenuated vacccine.

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines are also a good idea to prevent these virus infections that can affect your liver. The benefit of these vaccines are even greater when your T cells are higher and your HIV viral load is undetectable. Pneumovax, active against a bacteria that can cause pneumonia, is also recommmended along with yearly flu shots.



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