Immunization Guide for CKD Patients

Understanding Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that adults should have certain vaccinations that can help prevent disease—for those with chronic kidney disease, vaccines can be essential for reducing the risk of becoming seriously ill. Satellite Healthcare answers some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to immunizations and CKD.

What Immunizations Should I get?

When it comes to deciding what vaccines are right for you, it’s critical that you consult your healthcare provider. Since people with CKD may be at a higher risk of developing certain illnesses, you may need a unique form of the vaccine. Certain vaccines may not be right for you if:

  • You are pregnant
  • You have had a kidney transplant
  • You have a diminished immune system


How Often Will I Need a Vaccination?

Your vaccination schedule depends on the type of vaccine. While some vaccines require booster shots or a series of shots, other vaccines may only need to be administered once for a lifetime of protection.

Are Vaccines Safe?

The short answer is yes. Vaccinations protect against serious diseases. While side effects are possible, just as with medications, the side effects are typically mild and may include the following in the area where the shot was administered:

  • Minor discomfort
  • Mild Soreness
  • Mild rash
  • Slight fever

When it comes to weighing the possible side effects against getting a vaccine, the potential harm from getting an infection is far more significant. Overall, vaccines are very safe and effective, having disease-prevention benefits. If you are concerned about your health and safety regarding vaccines, speak to your healthcare provider.