H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and HIV

Updated - October 9, 2009
The CDC is recommending that HIV positive persons be immunized for the seasonal and H1N1 influenza using killed vaccine.   According to the CDC any injected flu vaccine is developed from a killed vaccine.  Weakened live virus vaccines are administered through a nasal spray.
The CDC also recommends that HIV positivie individuals speak with their primary care physician about the need to receive an initial or booster immunization for pneumonia. 
To read more about seasonal flu and H1N1 influenza, we recommend http://flu.gov/
If you have any questions about your need for flu immunizations, please contact your primary care provider. 
The threat of an H1N1 flu (formerly called Swine Flu) epidemic in the United States has many people living with HIV concerned about their health and safety.  According to the most recent updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are the facts.
Are people with HIV/AIDS at greater risk than other people of infection with H1N1 flu?  
We don't know, but people with HIV/AIDS can experience more severe complications of seasonal influenza.  It is possible that HIV-infected adults and adolescents are also at higher risk for complications from infection with the H1N1 virus. 
What can people with HIV/AIDS do to protect themselves from H1N1 flu?

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever soap and water are not available.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands - germs spread this way.
  3. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle - eat right, get enough sleep, and reduce stress as much as possible.

What should people with HIV/AIDS do if they think they may have H1H1 flu?

  1. Stay home and keep away from others and much as possible.  Stay home until at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities.
  2. Call your doctor or healthcare provider to let them know you think you may have the flu.  Follow their directions for your own health and that of others.