Topic Overview

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.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014