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How do flu shots affect hiv+ individuals? Are flu shots risky if i'm HIV positive?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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In brief: Flu shot in HIV+

Influenza vaccine uses inactivated antigen to stimulate an immune response in the body.
Hiv+ pts' immune response will depend on how much of their immune system is intact, as indicated by their cd4+ count. Hiv pts should get only the injected, attenuated (inactive) virus, never the live virus inhaled form [flumist].

In brief: Flu shot in HIV+

Influenza vaccine uses inactivated antigen to stimulate an immune response in the body.
Hiv+ pts' immune response will depend on how much of their immune system is intact, as indicated by their cd4+ count. Hiv pts should get only the injected, attenuated (inactive) virus, never the live virus inhaled form [flumist].
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