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Chronic Kidney Disease: Immunizations You Need

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Immunizations can protect you from other diseases when you have chronic kidney disease. These immunizations include:

  • 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.
  • The 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.

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By Healthwise Staff
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
Last Revised August 29, 2013

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