It is flu season again

CDC E-card: If you have cancer, get a flu shot.

Don’t forget that it is flu season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommendations for cancer patients and survivors, their families, and their caregivers. Here are just a few:

Are cancer patients and survivors more likely to get the flu than others?
We do not know if cancer patients and survivors are at greater risk for infection with flu. However, we do know that cancer patients and survivors are at higher risk for complications from flu, including hospitalization and death.

What should cancer patients and survivors do if they think they may have the flu?
If you have received cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy within the last month, or have a blood or lymphatic form of cancer, call your doctor immediately if you get flu symptoms.

Click here to visit the CDC’s webpage “Cancer, the Flu, and You: What Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Caregivers Should Know About the Flu.”

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