SHOULD I GET THE FLU SHOT?
YES! The CDC recommends that people living with HIV should receive an annual Flu Shot to reduce the risk of flu illness. And this year getting the flu shot is especially important with COVID-19. People living with HIV can be at a higher risk of flu-related complications – and it is especially important if your CD4 cell count is low. It is recommended that people living with HIV should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine, but the flu shot. The nasal spray contains live influenza virus which is not recommended. In addition to the flu shot, normal precautions should be taken this season – washing your hands, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing and being vigilant with your health.
Get a Flu Shot from your provider during your next visit, your Pharmacist when picking up your next refill, or at pop-up locations throughout your city! If you’re in Maricopa County, get a free Flu Shot from the County Health Department at one of these locations.