National Influenza Vaccination Week takes place from December 5 to 9, 2022, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People aged 6 months and older are encouraged to get vaccinated against the flu especially since this year’s bout of the flu is particularly troublesome.
Individuals living with HIV or AIDS should seriously consider getting a flu shot as they’re at a much higher risk of experiencing serious complications from the flu, according to the CDC. The CDC recommends that people with HIV should get the shot and avoid getting the flu vaccine administered via nasal spray as it contains Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV).
If you’re living with HIV, you may also wish to consider taking other precautions when it comes to your health. Specifically, consider getting a pneumococcal vaccine to protect against that type of pneumonia.
Remember, it’s important to speak to your healthcare provider about vaccines when deciding which ones are best to get to protect you from serious illness.
For more information on vaccines, please refer to: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/hiv-flu.htm If you or someone you know is living with HIV and need medical care or support services, contact our agency at 570-829-2700 or reach out via our social media accounts:
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