The Chief Medical Officer in the UK, Professor Dame Sally C Davies, has written to the British HIV Association (BHIVA), recommending that all people living with HIV, regardless of their CD4 count, should be encouraged to go for a seasonal flu vaccination. She says:
“As you know, people with immunosuppression are eligible to receive the seasonal flu vaccine free each winter because they are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu because their underlying condition can affect their immune system and so they may be less able to fight off the infection. This means that they are more likely than a healthy adult to be admitted to hospital or on rare occasions be admitted to intensive care and even potentially die. We know that people with immunosuppression are approximately 47 times more likely to die if they develop flu than individuals who have no other underlying health condition. I want people with immunosuppression to be fully aware of the risks of flu. Even when people manage their condition well and lead otherwise healthy lives, it is still important that they continue to protect themselves by having the vaccine.“
You can get a free flu jab from your GP, if you have disclosed your HIV status to them.