Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients realize that the Flu Season is upon us and that they are at higher risk of contracting the virus. While for most people, the Flu is a temporary setback that makes them feel under the weather for a week or two; for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, the flu is a serious health threat that can lead to Pneumonia and other life-threatening complications. That is why the Flu Shot along with "other immunizations may be needed for people with Kidney Failure," said Dr. Jennifer Rudin (Founder of West Penn Hospital’s Adult Immunization Clinic).
Flu Vaccines have already arrived in Drugstores, Urgent Care Clinics, and Dialysis Facilities across the country. Still, outside of the generally recommended annual Flu Shots, Kidney Failure patients are among patients who have below the expected number of vaccinations for Pneumonia, Tetanus (a serious Bacterial Disease that affects your nervous system), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Herpes Zoster (Shingles) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV)," according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Rudin mentioned that in most cases, "Doctor’s offices often don’t have the vaccines available, or the ones they have sometimes are outdated." Hence, patients should make sure that they check with their Healthcare Teams to ensure that all of their vaccines are up to date. Do not put it passed your Nephrologists to overlook needed vaccination dates. For instance, take a look at how few adults reported that they have had six of the most common vaccines:
- Pneumonia 56.4%
- Tdap, which includes Tetanus, Diphtheria (a serious bacterial infection in the nose and throat) and Acellular Pertussis (Whooping Cough) vaccine 17.2%
- Herpes Zoster 24.2%
- Hepatitis A 13.3%
- Hepatitis B 25%
- HPV 36.9%
Without these shots, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients could be at big risk, especially if others in their same hospital or Dialysis Facility also have not received one of the above vaccines. It could cause them to need intense Hospital Care. Hence, print the list of the above recommended vaccines, and share it with your Healthcare Team to confirm you are up-to-date and better protected. What a perfect time to ask - just as the Flu Season begins.
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