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 Concept

Key Evidence: 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 Concept

Key Evidence: 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 for which the vaccines are not recommended for immunosuppressed children, such as measles.

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.