Vaccination of the Immunocompromised Host

Published: December 2013
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  • Key Points
  • Responsibility for Vaccination
  • Timing of Vaccination
  • Management of Household Contacts
  • International Travel
  • Specific Vaccines
    • Varicella and Zoster Vaccines
    • Influenza
  • Specific Populations
    • Primary (Congenital) Immunodeficiency Disorders
    • HIV-Infected Adults, Adolescents, and Children
    • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
    • Chronic Inflammatory Disease Patients Taking Immunosupporessants
    • Asplenia or Sickle Cell Diseases
    • Anatomic Barrier Defects
  • Tables
    • Safety of Administration of Live Vaccines for Contacts of Immunocompromised Persons
    • Vaccination of Persons With HIV Infection
    • Vaccination of Patients With Cancer
    • Vaccinations Prior to or After Allogeneic or Autologous HSCT
    • Vaccinations Prior to or After Solid Organ Transplant
    • Vaccination of Persons With Chronic Inflammatory Diseases on Immunosuppressive Medications
    • Vaccination of Persons With Asplenia or a Sickle Cell Disease, Cochlear Implants, or CSF Leak
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The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) represents physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who specialize in infectious diseases. IDSA's purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases.


This pocket guide attempts to define principles of practice that should produce high-quality patient care. It is applicable to specialists, primary care, and providers at all levels. This pocket guide should not be considered exclusive of other methods of care reasonably directed at obtaining the same results. The ultimate judgment concerning the propriety of any course of conduct must be made by the clinician after consideration of each individual patient situation. Neither IGC, the medical associations, nor the authors endorse any product or service associated with the distributor of this clinical reference tool.


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