Treatment

Although there is no cure for kidney disease, learn what you can do if you have Stage 5, End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). You have a number of treatment options to consider as you determine with your health care team which one works best for your life style.

Kidney disease is one of several conditions that can put a person at higher risk for infection. This means that those with kidney failure may need to receive more shots, or higher doses, of vaccines to assure protection.

Below are the types of vaccines recommended for people on dialysis and individuals with chronic kidney disease who have not yet started dialysis:

  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Flu shot to protect against influenza
  • The pneumococcal vaccine called PPV23

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Treatment

Chronic kidney disease may progress to End-Stage Renal Disease, which has a number of treatment options.

Early Intervention

There are proactive actions you can take to decrease your chances of developing kidney disease in the future.

Medication

It is important to take all of your medicines as prescribed for your kidney disease, even if you don’t notice an immediate difference.

Immunizations

Kidney disease is one of several conditions that can put a person at higher risk for infection.

Kidney Transplant

Although not a cure, it provides the most freedom for people.

Dialysis

The primary treatment for ESRD, you can do dialysis at home or at a dialysis center.

Costs for Treatment

Most people with ESRD qualify for Medicare and dialysis social workers can help you know your options.