Should chemo patients get a flu shot?

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 flu vaccine should immunocompromised patients get?

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

Should I have flu jab chemo?

Chemotherapy can weaken the immune system and make you more vulnerable to infection, so if you’re having (or due to have) chemotherapy you should be given the flu vaccine. Talk to your chemotherapy specialist or breast care nurse about the best time to have your flu jab.

Can you get flu shot after chemo?

Yes. Every cancer patient should get the flu vaccine, but if you’re on active chemotherapy or have a very weak immune system (e.g., right after a stem cell transplant), your body may not respond as well or the vaccine may not work at all.

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Should chemo patients get pneumonia vaccine?

Pneumococcal vaccine: Talk to your doctor

But generally, patients with cancer should receive two types of pneumococcal vaccine. These vaccines should be given 2 weeks prior to chemotherapy. Only stem cell transplant recipients are recommended to retake the vaccines after five years.

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.

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.

Who should receive a flu vaccine?

Who should get the flu vaccine? The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including: Pregnant women.

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.

Is the flu shot a live virus?

Flu vaccines given with a needle (i.e., flu shots) are made with either inactivated (killed) viruses, or with only a single protein from the flu virus. The nasal spray vaccine contains live viruses that are attenuated (weakened) so that they will not cause illness.

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