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. 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 call their doctor immediately if they get a fever.

Medicamentos antivirales

Los CDC recomiendan medicamentos antivirales to treat flu illness, if your doctor prescribes them. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. También pueden ayudar a prevenir complicaciones graves a causa de la influenza.

It’s very important that antiviral drugs be used promptly 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.

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

  • You have received cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy within the last month, or
  • You have a blood or lymphatic form of cancer.
Esta página fue revisada el 28 de noviembre del 2018