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January 15, 2014

I'm HIV positive, so is it safe for me to get a flu shot?

Stuart Federman
Stuart Federman
Stuart D. Federman, PharmD, AAHIVP
Gateway Apothecary
Saint Louis, MO

HIV-positive people are recommended to get a flu shot every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends vaccines against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, as well as pneumococcal infection, hepatitis B and human papillomavirus virus (HPV). If your CD4 count is above 200, the CDC also recommends vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella, as well as varicella (chicken pox).

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