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Get your flu shots, poz people

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Editor Categories // General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy

Feel like a little prick? You should. Flu season is coming up and if you are HIV-positive, getting your flu shot soon is a no-brainer.

Get your flu shots, poz people

It's that time.

I’m sure most people know why it’s necessary but in any event, I’ll just reiterate what the CDC says, which happens to be the best source I’ve found, for information on flu shots as it relates to people living with HIV. Says the CDC . . . 

"People with HIV/AIDS are at high risk of serious influenza-related complications. Studies done before routine use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) suggested an increased risk for heart- and lung-related hospitalizations in people infected with HIV during influenza season as opposed to other times of the year, and a higher risk of influenza-related death in HIV-infected people. Other studies have indicated that influenza symptoms might be prolonged and the risk of influenza-related complications is higher for certain HIV-infected people." 

More detailed information is here 

There are many places to get your flu shot, including many pharmacists, but because they are long-time friends of that have supported us since our early days, we are highlighting The Village Pharmacy in Toronto’s gay village  today, Details above.