Nursing Q&A Thursday, July 17, 2003



Weight Loss

Telling an HIV-infected Child of His Diagnosis

Foods and immunity

Contact sports


School attendance

Adherence with ART

Herpes zoster





Can HIV-infected children HIV receive immunizations?

Children who are HIV-infected can receive immunizations. The Expanded Program on Immunizations (EPI) of the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with UNICEF, recommends a narrow and accelerated immunization schedule for HIV-infected children and women of childbearing age. The immunization schedule may vary slightly in each country. The EPI schedule takes into consideration limited resources, barriers in the health care delivery system, and the urgency to better control morbidity and mortality related to infectious diseases.

Age Vaccine
Birth BCGa, OPVb, (Hepatitis B)
6 Weeks DPT, OPV, (Hepatitis B)
10 Weeks DPT, OPV
14 Weeks DPT, OPV
6 Months Measles, (Hepatitis B)
9 Months Measles, Yellow Feverc
See superscript d below Tetanus Toxoid

a Should only be used if the HIV-infected person is asymptomatic.
b IPV is preferred if available, or if the HIV-infected person is symptomatic.
c Should only be used if the HIV-infected person is asymptomatic.
d Five doses of tetanus toxoid for women of child-bearing age as for non-HIV infected persons.

Adapted from the World Health Organization. (May 2001) EPI Vaccines in HIV Infected Individuals. Retrieved 04/2002 from the World Wide Web.


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