What Adults with HIV Infection Should Know About the Novel H1N1 Flu (formerly called swine flu)
Consult your doctor and make sure all your vaccinations are up-to-date,
vaccination against seasonal influenza and vaccination against bacterial
pneumonia caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae. Bacterial
pneumonia from Streptococcus pneumoniae can be a problem for people
with HIV/AIDS and can also cause complications for people who have the
flu. The vaccine against Streptococcus pneumoniae is different
than the vaccine from the influenza vaccine.
Follow local public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds
and other social distancing measures based on illness in specific
If you haven’t developed a family emergency plan yet, consider developing
one now as a precaution. In particular, make sure to keep your
antiretroviral prescriptions and other prescriptions filled and up-to-date and
to take all of your antiretrovirals as prescribed.
See additional information on planning.
What is CDC doing about H1N1 flu for people with HIV/AIDS?
CDC, in coordination with state and local health departments and with WHO is
working aggressively to understand the epidemiology of this novel H1N1 flu and
determine if it affects HIV-infected people and people with other
immunocompromising conditions differently. As additional information about the
situation become available, the CDC’s recommendations may change. Please
check the CDC H1N1 Flu