Computer systems used by GPs are giving an incorrect alert on flu vaccines. Patients are being urged to carry vaccinating and taking their ARVs as normal.
Reports have emerged that 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 screenshot, below, 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 error in guidance has been noted in the EMIS Health systems, but may also be present in other online patient management and prescribing tools.
The HIV Pharmacy Association of the UK have released a 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 patients should:
1. Have the flu vaccine as advised by the Department of Health guidelines.
2. NOT STOP their antiretrovirals”
Patients who experience issues receiving their flu vaccine via their GP or other settings are recommended to contact their HIV clinic for advice.
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