Vaccinations help reduce your chances of getting infections on holiday. The types you need depend on your destination.
Vaccines are either:
- live – containing tiny amounts of live virus or bacteria
If you have a weak immune system, you should not have live vaccines. This may be the case if you’ve recently had chemotherapy, radiotherapy or are taking immunosuppressive treatment. Inactivated vaccines aren’t dangerous and are safe after cancer treatment. But they may be less effective in people who have low immunity.
If you’ve had high-dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, you may have lost your immunity to certain diseases. You may need to be re-vaccinated after your treatment has ended.
If you have cancer that affects your spleen, you may be more likely to get some types of infection. Pneumonia and meningitis vaccinations are recommended and, where possible, avoid travelling to areas where malaria is common.
Ask your cancer specialist for advice on the vaccinations you need, and the best time to have them.