Published online Jan 16, 2019. doi: 10.5500/wjt.v9.i1.1
Peer-review started: September 29, 2018
First decision: October 16, 2018
Revised: November 13, 2018
Accepted: January 1, 2019
Article in press: January 1, 2019
Published online: January 16, 2019
Core tip: Vaccine-preventable disease can cause adverse patient and allograft outcomes in kidney transplant recipients. Patients should be screened for vaccinations pre-transplant and catch up immunization should be provided at least four weeks prior to transplantation. For non-immune patients, catch-up immunization should start six months post-transplantation. Live attenuated vaccines are contra-indicated in transplant patients. There is limited data that suggests safety of live vaccines in selective population on low immunosuppression. Travel plans should be part of routine post-transplant assessment and pre-travel vaccines and counseling should be provided.