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HIV.gov: Flu Shots and People with HIV

Friday, October 9, 2020

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Cross-post from HIV.gov - Protect Yourself from the Flu: Important Info for People with HIV

Getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. When you get vaccinated, you reduce your risk of getting sick with flu and possibly being hospitalized or dying from flu. This season, getting a flu vaccine has the added benefit of reducing the overall burden on the health care system and saving medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients. 

People with HIV—especially those who have a very low CD4 cell count or who are not taking antiretroviral therapy—are at high risk for serious flu-related complications. For this reason, it is especially important that people with HIV get a flu shot annually. (The nasal spray flu vaccine is not recommended for people with HIV.) 

Read the rest in HIV.gov, featuring resources from CDC - Influenza (Flu), including the Vaccine Finder to locate a place to get your shot

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