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

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    Bottom Line

  • 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 icon EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING
    • -  Effectiveness icon EFFECTIVENESS | UNCLEAR
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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

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    Target Population:

    Children with Cancer, 2 to 16 years old

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

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    Prevention of Influenza infection, symptoms and complications.

Research Summary

  • - Green Pages icon Needs more testing
  • 10 Clinical Studies
  • 770 - Tooltip icon Children Tested
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  • Benefits:

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

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  • 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

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    Medical problem:

    Flu (influenza virus infection and symptoms).

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    Symptoms and signs:

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

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    Ear infection, lung infection, Seizures.

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