Sunday, December 2, 2012
Flu and HIV: Simple knowledge about risk factors will prevent serious complications
Flu precautions for People living with HIV
December 1st is World AIDS Day, and it is important for those living with HIV to know their risks for serious flu-related complications.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) kills or damages cells in the body’s immune system and can make your body too weak to fight off the flu.
People with HIV are at a higher risk of:
• Prolonged illness• Serious flu-related complications• Heart- and lung-related hospitalizations• Flu-related death
The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent the flu. People with HIV should get the flu shot, and not the nasal spray. If you have advanced HIV, your immune system may not respond to vaccination. Your health care provider may prescribe antiviral medications as a preventive measure if you are or will be exposed to someone with the flu, says an awareness message by CDC.