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vaccinations for HIV+ Persons

Oct 21, 2007

Hi Dr. Holodniy:

What vaccinations should a HIV+ person receive and which ones should they not?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The general rule of thumb is that live vaccines (Measles, polio, yellow fever, etc) are NOT recommended and killed vaccines (influenza, pneumovax, hepatitis A/B, etc) are recommended. It also depends on the where you are on the HIV spectrum (advanced disease or AIDS or high CD4 counts and/or on HIV treatment), what other medical conditions you might have and other medications you might be taking.

To start meds with rising VL, declining CD4
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