Urgent please: Can I take 3 different vaccines at the same time
Jan 7, 2004
Dear Doctor Can a new HIV infected person take vaccine for 3 diseases at the same time? I am traveling after 3 weeks to a country that requesting this and I need to vaccinate immediately. Can I do this? Please let me know before I take them.
Response from Dr. Pierone
Yes, you can take multiple vaccines at one time. There is a caveat for those that are HIV-infected. Live vaccines (such as MMR - measles, mumps, rubella) may not be such a good idea if CD4 count is low (we are not sure how low the threshold is, below 200 is commonly used). For HIV-infected not on antiretroviral therapy a vaccination will predictably cause a spike in viral load. For those with undetectable virus, a low level blip may occur. Good luck on your trip.
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