Flu Shots for People on Cancer Treatment

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Last Modified: January 7, 2013

Question

I recently finished my chemo after surgery. Wondering if I should have a flu shot or anything else preventive?

Answer

Suzanne Walker CRNP, MSN, AOCN, Nurse Practitioner for Thoracic Malignancies at Penn Medicine responds:

It is usually safe to get a flu shot once the chemotherapy has finished. You can talk to your oncologist about it to make sure that he/she agrees.

Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN OncoLink Nurse Educator responds:

Learn more about flu shots and people with cancer.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire transcript from the Focus on Lung Cancer Webchat.

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