HIV

Vaccines are especially critical for people with chronic health conditions such as HIV infection.

If you have HIV infection and your CD4 count is 200 or greater[1], talk with your doctor about:

• Influenza vaccine each year to protect against seasonal flu
• Tdap vaccine to protect against whooping cough and tetanus
• Pneumococcal vaccine to protect against pneumonia and other pneumococcal diseases
• Hepatitis B vaccine series to protect against hepatitis B
• HPV vaccine series to protect against human papillomavirus if you are a man or woman up to age 26 years
• MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella if you were born in 1957 or after and have not gotten this vaccine or have immunity to these diseases
• Varicella vaccine to protect against chickenpox if you were born in 1980 or after and have not gotten two doses of this vaccine or have immunity to this disease

If you have HIV infection and your CD4 count is less than 200[2], talk with your doctor about:

• Influenza vaccine each year to protect against seasonal flu
• Tdap vaccine to protect against whooping cough and tetanus
• Pneumococcal vaccine to protect against pneumonia and other pneumococcal diseases
• Hepatitis B vaccine series to protect against hepatitis B
• HPV vaccine series to protect against human papillomavirus if you are a man or woman up to age 26 years


People who live with or care for those with HIV/AIDS also should be vaccinated against seasonal flu, and should ask about other vaccines recommended for their age and/or risk factors. Because those that are immunocompromised may be unable to mount a sufficient immune response to vaccines, vaccination of those around them may be the best available protection.


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