After receiving the seasonal flu shot a couple of weeks ago I managed to get the H1N1 vaccine this week so I'm hopefully well protected against the flu for this year. I hope that all transplant recipients make an effort to get these shots. Medical specialists recommend that all immunosuppressed individuals receive the vaccines. People that have had solid organ transplants (such as lungs, kidneys or livers) have higher flu infection rates due to the immunosuppressant drugs they take. Lung transplant recipients such as I seem particularly at risk as the lungs are the primary site of flu infection.
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