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Talking to My Doctor About Vaccinations

May 2004

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People living with HIV see their doctor multiple times a year for HIV specific monitoring and care issues. In addition to HIV-specific medical care, keeping up to date with vaccinations is important for maintaining overall health and well-being. The checklist below can help you identify specific questions or issues about vaccinations that you would like to discuss with your doctor.


I would like to talk about ...

The influenza vaccination ("flu shot") because:
I have questions about the flu vaccination, specifically:

1 _________________________________________________________

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2 _________________________________________________________

I would like to talk about your thoughts, recommendations or concerns about the flu shot.
It is the time of the year for a flu shot (fall/winter).

The pneumococcal vaccination because:
I have questions about the pneumococcal vaccination, specifically:

1 _________________________________________________________

2 _________________________________________________________

I do not remember if I have had a pneumococcal vaccination.
It has been at least 5 years since my pneumococcal vaccination.

Hepatitis B vaccination because:
I have questions about the HBV vaccination, specifically:

1 _________________________________________________________

2 _________________________________________________________

I’m not sure if I have ever been infected with HBV.
I’m not sure if I have been vaccinated against HBV.
I’m pregnant or planning on getting pregnant.

Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) vaccination because:
I have questions about the HAV vaccination, specifically:

1 _________________________________________________________

2 _________________________________________________________

I’m not sure if I have ever been infected with HAV.
I’m not sure if I have been vaccinated against HAV.

Tetanus-Diptheria (Td) because:
I have questions about the Td vaccination, specifically:

1 _________________________________________________________

2 _________________________________________________________

I do not remember if I have received at least 3 Td shots in my lifetime.
I do not remember when my last Td shot was, but it may have been more than 10 years ago.
I know that my last Td shot was 10 or more years ago.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination because:
I have questions about the MMR vaccination, specifically:

1 _________________________________________________________

2 _________________________________________________________

I’m thinking about becoming pregnant and do not know if I’m immune to rubella, so I need to be tested and we need to talk about whether the rubella vaccine/booster would be right for me.
Given my health, I would like to understand what the potential risks and benefits of the MMR vaccine might be for me?

Varicella virus vaccination (the virus that causes chicken pox and shingles) because: I have questions about the Varicella vaccination, specifically:

1 _________________________________________________________

2 _________________________________________________________

I’m not sure if I have been vaccinated for Varicella virus.
My child or children that I work with have been or are being vaccinated for the Varicella virus.
I have been or am around children, and would like to better understand what can I do to minimize risk of exposure to Varicella?

Adapted from the Immunization Action Coalition (www.immunize.org).


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A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!



  
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