VoICE Immunization Evidence

The importance of immunization in cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship

Authored by: Ward, E. M., Flowers, C.R., Gansler, T., et al

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Key Idea

Among children and young adults being treated for certain cancers, immunosuppressive therapies can erase immunity previously acquired through vaccination, dramatically increasing the risk of vaccine-preventable infections. The authors assert that vaccination during and after immunosuppressive treatment is necessary to rebuild immunity and protect the most at-risk children.

Key Idea

Children with cancer often rely on herd immunity as protection from vaccine-preventable diseases, so vaccinating family members and health workers is critical. Herd effects may be the only source of protection against diseases in which the vaccines are not recommended for immunosuppressed children, such as the measles vaccine.

Published In

Ward, E. M., Flowers, C.R., Gansler, T., et al 2017. The importance of immunization in cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 67(5):398-410.