Immunizations are a very important part of providing well care to children with chronic illness. Immunizations can protect children from dangerous diseases that have serious complications. Children with HIV should be seen by their primary care provider on a regular schedule in order to update their immunizations. Children with HIV can receive many of the same vaccines as those children who do not have HIV. You should be familiar with the immunization schedule in your state since each state has their own requirements.
Most children by age of two should have receive the following immunizations:
Additional immunizations that need to be given for children with HIV are:
As you can see, the schedule is not all that different from children without chronic illness, but the importance of preventing disease is the same.
Accessing immunizations may be tricky at times but free vaccines are available to needy children. For information in your state, contact the health department for assistance.
This article was provided by National Pediatric and Family HIV Resource Center.