by Emily Mackler, Pharm.D., Symptom Management and Supportive Care Program
I'm on chemotherapy. Should I get a flu vaccine?
Yes, it's incredibly important to receive the flu vaccine to help prevent against serious
complications like pneumonia. All Cancer Center patients should receive a flu shot containing
an inactivated influenza vaccine. People with cancer should not take the nasal vaccine FluMist
because it is made with a live, weakened flu virus.
How long does it take for the flu vaccine to work?
It takes about two weeks after the flu vaccine for antibodies to develop in your body to
provide protection against the flu. The timing of this and number of antibodies may vary.
Which vaccine should my family members receive?
We often recommend close family members receive
the inactivated influenza vaccine (the shot) because there
is a small risk of transmitting the flu from the nasal
If you are a U-M Cancer Center patient
Flu shots are being administered in reception A on level B1 [View internal map]. Patients can come in and get vaccinated without a
scheduled encounter/appointment with their UMCCC provider.