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A 51-year-old male asked about a 77-year-old female:

although i have advanced spine cancer spread to menengis but not spread any where else.ive had pneumonia vaccinations .i have family history of shingles .can i have shingles vaccine and flu injection while having radiopherapy due to infection risks?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Sounds ok: One can ask her doctor about a new shingles vaccine (Shingrix) which is not a live vaccine, so cannot cause a viral infection. Also, the High-Dose flu vaccine for seniors can give better protection than can the regular-dose flu vaccine. The High-Dose injection is not a live vaccine, and thus cannot cause a viral infection. In advanced cancer, be sure to look at Quality of life, not length of life.

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Last updated Jan 14, 2018

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