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Flu Treatment for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Medicamentos antivirales contra la influenza estacional

This video explains why antiviral drugs are an important tool against flu especially for people at higher risk of severe illness from the flu.

Lo que debe hacer en caso de enfermarse

Make a plan in advance with your doctor about what to do if you get sick. Flu-like symptoms also can be a sign of a very serious infection that is not the flu and could result in a hospital stay or even death. The plan includes when you should call your doctor and how to get a prescription for antiviral medication quickly if needed.

Si usted tiene flu symptoms, permanezca en su hogar hasta al menos 24 horas después de que la fiebre haya desaparecido, excepto para buscar cuidados de salud o para otras necesidades. La fiebre debe desaparecer sin haber utilizado medicamentos para bajar la fiebre. Keep away from others as much as possible to avoid making them sick. It's important for people with cancer to notify their doctor immediately if they get a fever.

Medicamentos antivirales

CDC recommends antiviral drugs to treat and prevent infection. Los medicamentos antivirales are prescription medicines that stop flu viruses from reproducing in your body. Si usted se enferma, los medicamentos antivirales pueden aliviar su enfermedad y hacer que se sienta mejor rápidamente. También pueden ayudar a prevenir complicaciones graves a causa de la influenza.

It’s very important that antiviral drugs be used early to treat flu in people who are very sick with flu (for example, people who are in the hospital) and people who are sick with flu and have a greater chance of getting serious flu-related complications, including cancer patients and survivors.

Call your doctor immediately and ask if you should receive antiviral drugs if you have been within six feet of someone known or suspected to have the flu and—

  • You have received cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy within the last month, or
  • You have a blood or lymphatic form of cancer.

Call your doctor and ask if you should receive antiviral drugs if you have had close contact with someone known or suspected to have the flu and—

  • You have cancer and have not received treatment within the last month, or
  • You had cancer in the past but are cancer-free now.