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pneomococcal vaccines flu vaccine

Nov 30, 2009

I have recently been diagnosed with HIV (age 58). I started Atripla 3 weeks ago; Initial viral load 1.6 million/ml cd4 count 230. I am currently being treated for a refractory C. Difficile infection. Otherwise my health is good. My primary caregiver is adamant that I take a pneumococcus vaccine and a flu vaccine and undergo a colonoscopy . I want to keep my treatment at the KISS level right now without any more possible complications. What are your thoughts?

Response from Dr. Frascino


I completely concur with your doctor. Preventative medicine, including pneumococcal and flu vaccinations and a screening colonoscopy (because you are over 50), are wise and warranted. Your HIV specialist physician will also be monitoring you closely and making additional recommendations, which I also urge you to comply with.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob

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