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Cancer and H1N1

H1N1 Vaccines
H1N1 Vaccines
AP PhotoHeidi Levine

Flu season is here in full force in Iowa and more than ever we are hearing about the H1N1 virus and how dangerous it is. For Cancer patients H1N1 is not more dangerous than the seasonal flu, they are both equally dangerous!

Important facts about H1N1 and Cancer in Iowa:

  • If you live anywhere in the state of Iowa and have Cancer you are in the priority group to receive the H1N1 vaccine.
  • The H1N1 vaccine should be administered via a shot and not through your nose if you have a compromised immune system.
  • Any person who is currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation should be able to receive the H1N1 vaccine from their medical facility that they receive treatments at, but it is always important to check with your doctor before getting your shot.
  • It is also important to get your regular flu shot in addition to the H1N1 vaccine.

Normal seasonal flu and H1N1 are equally dangerous to a person with a compromised immune system. Make sure you and the people around you take extra precautions during this germ season.

Normal Flu season precautions include:

  • Washing hands often (In warm soapy water)
  • Sneezing and coughing into your elbow
  • Staying away from individuals with a known flu diagnosis
  • When possible, limit your time around small children. They are the highest carriers of flu and H1N1 germs.
  • When soap and water is not available to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer

As a Cancer patient it is extremely important that you contact your doctor immediately if you feel like you are having flu like symptoms.