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A 23-year-old female asked:

i am a cancer survivor with no spleen so i get my flu shot every year past three or four years i have been feeling sick afterwards is this a concern?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Alternative: There is an intradermal flu vaccine which is likely less troublesome for you. What you do need most is pneumococcal vaccine -both the 23 and 13-strains due to the absence of a spleen.

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