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What Cancer Patients Need to Know About the Flu

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What should cancer patients do if they have flu symptoms?

If you’re at all concerned about your symptoms, such as a fever, you should contact your doctor. It’s likely that your cancer treatment, and not the flu, is responsible. But if you do have the flu, the sooner you see your doctor, the sooner you can start taking antiviral medication to minimize your risk of complications.

Is it important for caregivers and family members to get flu shots as well?

While everyone 6 months of age and older should get immunized against the flu, it’s especially vital for people who are in close contact with cancer patients. Flu vaccine can help keep caregivers and household members healthy and prevent them from infecting others.

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