Computer systems used by some GPs are giving an incorrect alert on flu vaccines. People living with HIV are being urged to carry on having flu vaccinations and keep taking their antiretrovirals as normal. Some patient management and prescribing systems used in Primary Care settings have been giving incorrect warnings when GPs prescribe this year’s flu vaccine to people living with HIV. The (incorrect) advice states that patients should “avoid anti-virals for at least 2 weeks after immunisation” and to “avoid immunisation for at least 48 hours after stopping the antiviral”.

The HIV Pharmacy Association of the UK have released a statement encouraging vaccination as normal, noting that there are no interactions between the flu vaccine and HIV antiretrovirals:

“It has been reported that some GP computer systems are giving the following high severity warning for influenza vaccination:

“avoid anti-virals for at least 2 weeks after immunisation; avoid immunisation for at least 48 hours after stopping the antiviral”.

The HIV Pharmacy Association of the UK advise that there is no interaction between the flu vaccine and antiretrovirals. In summary, people living with HIV patients should:

1. Have the flu vaccine as advised by the Department of Health guidelines.
2. NOT STOP their antiretrovirals”

The full article can be read here.

To find out more about vaccinations you need, read NAM’s information on vaccinations.  Full details in BHIVA’s guidelines for clinicians (not an easy read!)