Vaccine-associated kidney diseases: A narrative review of the literature

Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl. 2019 Sep-Oct;30(5):1002-1009. doi: 10.4103/1319-2442.270254.


Immunization is one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccines have enabled the eradication of deadly diseases and decreased the morbidity and mortality associated with various infections. Most vaccines are safe to administer and cause only minor side effects. Although very rare, various glomerular diseases and acute kidney injury have been reported following immunization with certain vaccines including influenza, pneumococcal, and hepatitis B vaccines. This review summarizes these rare renal complications that have been published in the literature. Physicians and other health-care providers administrating vaccines should be aware of these very rare but possible renal side effects.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Vaccines / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Kidney Diseases / diagnosis
  • Kidney Diseases / mortality
  • Patient Safety
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Vaccination / adverse effects*
  • Vaccination / mortality
  • Viral Vaccines / adverse effects*


  • Bacterial Vaccines
  • Viral Vaccines