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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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