The Seasonal Flu Vaccine Is Free for PrEP and ARV Users

Everyday Health

Vaccination against seasonal flu throughout Georgia started on October 16, which will be free, including PrEP users and people involved in antiretroviral therapy.

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is an HIV/AIDS prevention method that implies drug treatment. Antiretroviral (ARV) treatment is a treatment for HIV-positive people, with the help of which the virus will be reduced to an indetectable level in human blood and biological fluids.

Besides, the following high-risk groups of citizens will be able to get vaccinated free of charge:

  • People with diabetes;
  • People undergoing dialysis;
  • People with hepatitis C (only those on treatment);
  • People with HIV infection/AIDS;
  • People with organ transplants and cystic fibrosis;
  • Also, elderly people aged 60 and older;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Teachers of general educational institutions;
  • Beneficiaries of children’s, including small, family type homes, and nursing homes and their care staff;
  • Medical personnel subject to mandatory vaccination and others.

According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Affairs of Georgia, Georgia has purchased 200000 doses of the four-component vaccine manufactured by Abbott Biologicals BV, within the framework of the state immunization program.

The flu vaccine is completely safe, but the following side effects may occur — headache, fever, tiredness, and general weakness. Flu vaccination is not carried out if a person has an allergic reaction to its components, has an acute infectious disease or has a high body temperature.

People involved in PrEP and ARV treatment will be able to get vaccinated in several cities of Georgia:

Tbilisi: Infectious Diseases, AIDS and Clinical Immunology Research Center (19 Kazbegi Avenue, Building 8);

Batumi: 11 Jemal Katamadze Street;

Kutaisi: Medical City (40 Poti Street);

Zugdidi: Onaria.