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Flu shot (vaccine) for prevention of Flu in Children with Cancer

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  • Flu shot vaccine with “dead” inactivated viruses in children with cancer undergoing chemotherapy. 10 studies conducted, with 770 children. Generates a relatively mild immune response during chemotherapy. Prevention of flu symptoms and complications is unknown and was not measured. Mild side effects.

    • EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING
    • EFFECTIVENESS | UNCLEAR
    • SAFETY | MILD RISKS

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Consider this treatment cautiously:

Unclear benefits. More and better quality research is needed. Side effects seem mild.

About Flu shot (vaccine)

Flu shot vaccine with “dead” inactivated viruses

  • Target Population:

    Children with Cancer, 2 to 16 years old

  • Dosage:

    Most brands - 0.5 mL, Two doses 1 month apart.

  • Goal:

    Prevention of Influenza infection, symptoms and complications.

Research Summary

  • Needs more testing
  • 10 Clinical Studies
  • 770 Children Tested
  • Unclear
  • Benefits:

    Unclear. Stimulates mild immune response, but the impact on flu symptoms and complications remains unknown, and was never measured in the studies.

  • Mild risks
  • Risks:

    Unclear. More research needed. Irritating side effects: soreness, redness, and/or swelling from the shot; headache, mild fever, cough, nausea, muscle aches, itching, sore eyes.

Influenza virus infection Overview

  • Medical problem:

    Flu (influenza virus infection and symptoms).

  • Symptoms and signs:

    Cough, dizziness, fever, headache, nausea, pains, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting and aches.

  • Complications:

    Ear infection, lung infection, Seizures.

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Influenza vaccines, also known as flu shots or flu jabs, are vaccines that protect against infection by influenza virus. A new version of the vaccine is developed twice a year as the influenza virus rapidly changes.Their effectiveness varies from year to year. The effectiveness in those under two years old and over 65 years old is unknown due to the low quality of the research. (source)
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