Care During Chemotherapy and Beyond

Flu Shot and Chemotherapy Together?

QUESTION:  I have recently completed chemotherapy for cancer.  Some of my friends have been getting flu 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. is designed to provide the latest information about chemotherapy to patients and their families, caregivers and friends. For information about the 4th Angel Mentoring Program visit