Quick Answer: Should I get a flu shot if I’m on chemotherapy?

Should people with cancer get any vaccines? It’s generally recommended that vaccines not be given during chemo or radiation treatments – the only exception to this is the flu shot. This is mainly because vaccines need an immune system response to work, and you may not get an adequate response during cancer treatment.

When can you get a flu shot during chemo?

The American Cancer Society (ACS) says that the flu shot can be administered two weeks before starting chemotherapy or between chemotherapy cycles. It can also be given six months after a stem cell or bone marrow transplant.

What happens if you get the flu while on chemo?

People who are receiving chemotherapy are more likely to get sick with colds and influenza (the flu) because the treatments weaken their immune systems. If they do get sick with these infections, it can lead to serious, if not life-threatening, illness.

What flu vaccine should immunocompromised patients get?

Immunocompromised patients. Those with immunocompromising conditions should receive an age-appropriate quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccine or RIV.

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Can I have the Covid vaccine if I am having chemotherapy?

Should cancer patients and survivors get the vaccine? Many expert medical groups recommend that most people with cancer or a history of cancer get the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s available to them.

Can you get flu vaccine during chemo?

It is usually safe for people with cancer to get the inactivated vaccine. People with cancer should not get the live vaccine during treatment and for up to 6 months after treatment. People receiving chemotherapy should have the flu shot either 2 weeks before chemotherapy starts or in between chemotherapy cycles.

What are the signs that chemo is working?

How Can We Tell if Chemotherapy is Working?

  • A lump or tumor involving some lymph nodes can be felt and measured externally by physical examination.
  • Some internal cancer tumors will show up on an x-ray or CT scan and can be measured with a ruler.
  • Blood tests, including those that measure organ function can be performed.

How long does it take for your immune system to recover from chemo?

Treatment can last for anywhere from 3 to 6 months. During that time, you would be considered to be immunocompromised — not as able to fight infection. After finishing chemotherapy treatment, it can take anywhere from about 21 to 28 days for your immune system to recover.

Does Chemo make you cold or hot?

Chemotherapy can cause sudden menopause that can bring on hot flashes. Hormonal (anti estrogen) treatment of breast cancer can also cause hot flashes. Men who are being treated with hormonal therapy for prostate cancer can also experience hot flashes.

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Who shouldn’t take the Covid vaccine?

People with a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to any component of either an mRNA vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should NOT receive that vaccine.

What is the difference between flu vaccine for over 65 and under 65?

Some older adults may have weaker immune systems, which can lead them to be less protected after a regular flu vaccine. In response to a regular flu shot, older people produce 50% to 75% fewer antibodies, which protect against the vaccine antigens, than do younger adults.

Which person is least likely to have flu related complications?

The same CID study found that children are most likely to get sick from flu and that people 65 and older are least likely to get sick from influenza. Median incidence values (or attack rate) by age group were 9.3% for children 0-17 years, 8.8% for adults 18-64 years, and 3.9% for adults 65 years and older.