Should Cancer Survivors Receive The Pneumonia Vaccine?
Now that it is October the question arises as to whether individuals with cancer and their families should get the Pneumovax. This is an important question to discuss every year in the Fall. It is essential that individuals with cancer discuss this with their own health care providers (e.g. oncologists or primary care provider) so that the decision may be based on their individual case.
Individuals with cancer (especially if undergoing treatment) should be evaluated as to whether they have had the Pneumovax in the past 5 years and whether the individual has a history of pneumonia. Individuals CAN be given the Pneumovax and flu shot at the same time, but in different arms. However, you should NOT get the Pneumovax if you have a fever or feel sick.
The Pneumovax may cause soreness, redness, and swelling at the vaccine site as well as fever, muscle aches and malaise.
If you would like more information regarding the flu shot you can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at 800-232-4636 or email to NIPINFO@cdc.gov on the intranet at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/VIS/vis-ppv.pdf or