What Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Caregivers Should Know About Flu

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February 3, 2023

Flu Weekly Newsletter

Influenza (Flu)
2022 - 2023 Flu Season 

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Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

While flu activity continues to decline across the country, CDC also is reporting six flu-related deaths in children this week for a total of 97 this season. Annual flu vaccination is still recommended as long as flu activity is ongoing.
Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report map showing intensity of flu infections
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Antivirals Can Help Shorten Flu Illness

If you get sick with flu, flu antiviral drugs are a treatment option if prescribed. When treatment is started early, flu antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms, shorten illness, and may prevent serious complications. CDC recommends prompt treatment for people who have flu or suspected flu and who are at higher risk of serious flu complications.
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What Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Caregivers Should Know About Flu    
Saturday, Feb 4, is World Cancer Day and a good time to remind present and past cancer patients that getting an annual flu vaccine is especially important for them. Cancer patients and survivors are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications. Flu shots are approved for use in people with cancer and other health conditions and are safe and protective

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How long am I contagious with #flu? People are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after illness begins. However, some people, like infants or people with weakened immune systems, may still be able to infect others more than 4 days after becoming sick: https://bit.ly/366gAXs

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