Weakened Immune System

Vaccines are especially critical for people with health conditions such as a weakened immune system.

If you have cancer or other immunocompromising conditions, talk with your doctor about:

• Influenza vaccine each year to protect against seasonal flu
• Tdap vaccine to protect against whooping cough and tetanus
• Pneumococcal vaccine (both types) to protect against pneumonia and other pneumococcal diseases
• HPV vaccine series to protect against human papillomavirus if you are a man or woman up to age 26 years

People who live with or care for cancer patients and survivors also should be vaccinated against seasonal flu, and should ask about other vaccines recommended for their age and/or risk factors. Because those that are immunocompromised may be unable to mount a sufficient immune response to vaccines, vaccination of those around them may be the best available protection.

For the most updated information from the CDC click here.