'What your Nephrologist wants you to know About Dialysis and Vaccinations'

“Kidney diseases is one of several conditions that can put a person at higher risk for infection”.

This means that those with kidney failure may need to receive more shots, or higher doses, of vaccines to ensure protection.

Listed above are types of immunizations and vaccines recommended for people on dialysis and those with chronic kidney disease who have not yet start dialysis.

  1. Hepatitis B Vaccine: as hemodialysis patient, you have an increased risk of Hepatitis infection. The Hepatitis B vaccine is safe,effective, and your best protection from the virus.
  2. Flu Shot to Protect Against Influenza: the Flu Shot cannot cause the flu. As a dialysis patient you are considered a priority group.
  3. The Pneumococcal Vaccine: about 1 out of every 20 people who get pneumonia do not recover.One dose every 5 year.



Reference:Dialysis Patient Citizens (CPC), Improving our LIVES Trough EMPOWERMENT, material from FMQAIpublication Number :FL-ESRD-2012ESET2B-11-356



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