Some Immunizations May Be Wise For PWA's
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Immunocompromised people are at higher risk for many types of infections.
Both pneumococcal and influenza vaccine are thought to be helpful in adults with HIV infection. For adults who have not completed routine childhood immunization schedules, guidance is listed in the table below. Hepatitis B vaccine should be considered for all sexually active adults who do not have serologic evidence of prior exposure.
Little specific research has been completed on the effectiveness of immunizations in HIV-infected people. Therefore, the efficacy of vaccines in preventing these infections in people with HIV/AIDS has not been proven.
All patients traveling to other countries should be evaluated for required immunizations and prophylaxis based on their destinations.
To receive a directory on how to request travel information, call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at (888) 232-3299 or check the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page at http://www.cdc.gov.
Recommended immunizations for HIV-positive patients traveling to developing countries
This article has been reprinted at The Body with the permission of AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA).
This article was provided by AIDS Project Los Angeles. It is a part of the publication Positive Living.