HIV-positive people urged to get flu shots
BY Advocate.com Editors
August 29 2003 12:00 AM ET
This flu season's supply of influenza shots is expected to be plentiful, and those wishing to be vaccinated should be able to do so when the flu vaccine becomes available in October, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Once the vaccine becomes available, the CDC strongly recommends influenza vaccination to anyone age 6 months or older who is at increased risk of flu complications, including persons with HIV or AIDS, the elderly, and those with heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, or asthma. Health care workers and others in close contact with those at high risk also should be vaccinated. Production delays in 2000 caused shortages that meant flu shots were prioritized to those who needed them the most.