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As flu season approaches, kidney patients need to know what they can do and what they should avoid if they become ill. The first and most important action to take is to get a flu shot. All patients with chronic kidney disease, including those with a kidney transplant should...

Why Get a Flu Shot? Getting a flu shot and taking other steps for prevention can offer the best protection from a serious disease. Flu shots are generally safe and recommended for people with a kidney transplant.   The flu (or influenza) vaccine is commonly called the “flu shot.” It needs to be given once per year, usually in the fall before flu season begins. The flu shot...

Outside temperatures are starting to get colder, which means flu season is right around the corner. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against the flu. Vaccination has many benefits including reducing the risk or severity of flu illnesses and hospitalizations, and even the risk of flu-related death in children.

Those at the highest risk for catching the flu are pregnant women, people who are over the age of...

It is possible that the flu shot might not work as well in people with a kidney transplant, since they have a less active immune system from their anti-rejection medicines. However, a flu shot is still recommended for people with a kidney transplant.   Flu shots offer the best chance for protection from the flu for kidney patients People with a kidney transplant need to...

This year, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help spread the word that everyone, especially patients with kidney disease, should get a flu vaccine. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, however, getting vaccinated later is still beneficial. A flu...

By Leslie Spry, MD, FACP, FASN, FNKF

As flu season approaches and you prepare by getting your flu shot, it’s important to remember the things you can to do protect yourself and stay healthy all year long! While getting the flu shot has become a common yearly practice for most people, there are may be other important preventative services available you may not be taking advantage of. 

Getting the flu shot is...

This fall, more than ever before, it is critical that everyone get a flu vaccine. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage everyone, especially kidney patients, to get a flu vaccine before the end of October. Do this to protect yourself and reduce the strain on the over-taxed medical system.

Those with kidney...

Foundation and federal government work together to spread the word

 

September 22, 2020, New York, NY – The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on spreading the word that everyone, especially patients with kidney disease, should get a flu vaccine this fall.

Influenza...

If you have peritonitis, the fluid draining from your abdomen will become cloudy and your abdomen should become remarkably painful.  If you have flu, your fluid should be clear and your abdominal pain should be mild.
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