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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Preventing Infection
Flu & Other Vaccinations

Vaccination Schedule

Vaccination FAQs

 

 

Vaccination Schedule    

Do I need to follow a specific vaccination schedule?

When you receive your flu shot your platelet count should be ≥ 80 x A9/L. See the chart below for appropriate timing of vaccination. Your BMT doctor will discuss this in detail with you.

Influenza:

Recommendation

Chemotherapy patients

  • Lifelong seasonal administration of influenza inactive vaccine should be given at least 2 weeks before the start of chemotherapy to allow antibody production.
  • Avoid administering vaccination during chemotherapy or active radiation treatment because of suboptimal responses to vaccines.
  • Resume vaccination 3-6 months after chemotherapy or active radiation treatment is complete.

Blood & Marrow Transplant patients

  • Lifelong seasonal administration of influenza inactive vaccine should be given beginning before transplant.
  • Resume vaccination no earlier than 6 months post-transplant

For more information regarding the influenza vaccine in British Columbia please go to the BC Health Services website.

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