Flu Shot and Chemotherapy Together?
QUESTION: I have recently completed chemotherapy for cancer. Some of my friends have been
shots. Is it a good idea for me to get a flu shot?
ANSWER: Flu shots are given to protect against certain strains
of the influenza virus, which cause the "flu." Flu shots are a good idea for anyone who is at
high risk for becoming seriously ill from the flu. This includes elderly people
and people with chronic diseases, such as cancer, in which the immune system may
be compromised. The flu shot does not guarantee that you will not get the
flu. But if you do get the flu, it likely will be less severe.
Before proceeding, however, you should check with your doctor to be sure that there
is no reason you should not get the flu shot.
Note: We strongly encourage you to talk with your health care professional
about your specific medical condition and treatments. The information contained
in this website is meant to be helpful and educational, but is not a substitute
for medical advice.