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Living Well with Chronic Kidney Disease

Immunizations

In a healthy body, the responsibility of a healthy immune system is to fight off against foreign invaders that may enter the body. In patients with chronic kidney disease, the ability to defend against infectious objects is weakened.  Kidney disease patients may be more likely to become severely ill if they do not receive immunization treatment.

Immunization treatments allow people to become resistant or fight against infectious diseases.  This is done through administering vaccinations. Vaccinations contain parts of the dead or weakened bacteria. Once injected into your arm or leg, you develop antibodies or “defenders”. These antibodies fight against the illness if you become exposed to that specific disease. The three most common immunization shots or vaccinations kidney disease patients receive are influenza, pneumococcal and hepatitis B.