COVID vaccines for people with cancer
Full article: https://www.nccn.org/docs/default-source/covid-19/covid-vaccine-and-cancer-05.pdf
Should cancer patients get a COVID vaccine? The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) provide guidance for people with cancer. These experts recommend that most cancer patients get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is offered (unless they are allergic to a vaccine component). Cancer patients who have had recent surgery may delay vaccination a few days after surgery. Those with a suppressed immune system are advised to delay getting the vaccine until they’re healthy enough to do so. (2/1/21)
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Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider
- Given my cancer treatment, should I get the COVID vaccine when it is offered?
- What are the risks and benefits of the COVID vaccine for me?
- What side effects might I experience with the COVID vaccine?
- I am having surgery for my cancer soon; how long should I wait before getting the COVID vaccine?
- I am on chemotherapy; at what point during my chemotherapy cycle should I get the COVID vaccine?
- Given my cancer treatment, am I considered to be immunosuppressed? How does that affect when I should get the COVID vaccine?
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