|Question about vaccines
Jan 16, 2011
I travel internationally at least once a year and for this reason I keep my travel vaccines up to date. My question is the following: I got several vaccines about five years ago (pneumonia, yellow fever, tetanus), then I got HIV subsequent to that (the time between getting infected and starting medication was like 4 months). Would these vaccines still be effective or do I need to get them over again to rebuild immunity? Thanks.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
They should still be effective, but some like the pneumonia vaccine (if it is pneumovax we are talking about) would be given every 5 years, so you are due. Although you don't indicate what your CD4 count is, you would want to stay away from most live vaccines.
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