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Chronic Kidney Disease: Immunizations You Need

 

Immunizations can protect you from other diseases when you have chronic kidney disease .

  • Pneumococcal pneumonia causes serious illness and death among people who have a high risk for this type of infection, such as dialysis patients. Vaccinations are recommended for anyone with chronic kidney disease.
  • The flu ( influenza ) vaccine is the most effective way to reduce complications related to the flu. Have a yearly flu shot if you have chronic kidney disease.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent hepatitis B . Vaccination can help lower your risk for hepatitis B if you are on dialysis.

 

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Mitchell H. Rosner, MD - Nephrology
Last Revised September 15, 2011

Last Revised: September 15, 2011

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