We are heading for the Easter Holidays break and before you know it May will be upon us. Have you checked about your flu shot yet?
“Health experts are warning Australia is on track for a killer flu season, with numbers showing three times as many people have been diagnosed with the virus so far this year, compared to the same period in previous years.” www.abc.net.au
The chance of getting sick during the cold weather is even greater for cancer patients. 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. For Lymphoedema with arm problems, there is always the butt!!
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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