Flu Risks for People Living with HIV

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Flu Risks for People Living with HIV

World AIDS DayDecember 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.

This year's United States Government theme for World AIDS Day is "Working Together for an AIDS-free Generation." Join the conversation at #WAD2012

CDC will host a live Twitter chat on Wednesday, December 5 from 1-2 p.m. EDT,  featuring CDC Influenza subject matter expert, Dr. Mike Jhung. Participate or follow this event on Twitter @CDCFlu, #NIVW2012.

 Everybody can do their part to help prevent the spread of germs and protect themselves from the flu. Follow us on Twitter (@FluGov) for a different flu tip each Friday (#FluTips).