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Flu shot and blood work
Nov 30, 2008

I just found out that you should not have your blood work done for CD4 count and viral load within four weeks of getting your annual flu shot. Since I had my blood work done about six days after having the flu shot, I had a blip on my viral load and have to have the tests redone. I wish this information was given more visibility.

Response from Dr. McGowan

You are right in that it is not recommended to have a viral load test during an intercurrent illness (e.g. Herpes flare) or just after receiving a vaccination (e.g influenza vaccine or Hepatitis B vaccine).

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