Cancer and COVID-19

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  • This year, for the first time, Australia is managing COVID-19 and an influenza season. It's very important to protect yourself by keeping up with your COVID-19 vaccines and getting a flu shot.
  • People with cancer who contract COVID-19 are twice as likely to have severe symptoms and require hospital treatment. Vaccination against COVID-19 is therefore highly recommended.
  • For most cancer patients on active therapy, it is recommended to have a primary COVID-19 vaccination course of three primary doses followed by booster doses.
  • While these vaccines have been developed faster than ever before, none of the steps in safety testing have been skipped.
  • If you test positive to COVID-19, let your treating team know as soon as possible, as you may be eligible for COVID-19 treatments. You may need to discuss temporary changes to your cancer treatment.
  • If you are worried about any symptoms, contact your GP. In an emergency, call Triple Zero 000.
  • While these may feel like uncertain times, regular check-ups, including follow up care, are important to maintain.
  • Delaying appointments could mean you present later with more complicated and progressed cancer, making treatment options more challenging.
  • Health care settings are putting measures in place to reduce your risk of infection and ensure you are protected. This includes having appointments with your doctors remotely via telehealth.

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