1st June means Winter is here. The chances of getting sick during the cold weather is even greater for cancer patients.
Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy can weaken your immune system. This makes it harder for your body to fight infections properly. Your immune system will be weakened by cancer and treatments putting patients at higher risk of serious and even life-threatening problems if they get the flu. Because viruses are constantly changing, new strains of the flu virus appearing every year so it’s IMPORTANT to consult with your medical team BEFORE being vaccinated.
Plan your flu shot during your treatment cycle when your blood cell counts are near normal, not when they are at their lowest. Friends, caregivers and family, including children, should also get the influenza vaccine so that they will not pass it on to you.
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