• Hepatitis A vaccine and Cancer

    Asked by Terri on Monday, January 22, 2018

    Hepatitis A vaccine and Cancer

    Is it safe to get a Hepatitis A vaccine when you have Stage IV melanoma? I know the shingles vaccine is out. I can't get an answer from my oncologist.

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • SandiA's Avatar

      Good question. That’s something I haven’t asked my doctor. I would be curious to see if anyone knows.

      12 months ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      I don't know a XXX thing but I wouldn't take it.

      12 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Is it a live vaccine?

      (I am sorry, but it seems strange to me that your oncologist can't or won't tell you if it is safe or not.)

      12 months ago
    • buffcody's Avatar

      Why not the shingles vaccine? That's the first time I have heard that? Does it apply to the newest and most effective shingles vaccine as well as the old one?

      12 months ago
    • Terri's Avatar

      I finally got an answer. My oncologist said it was okay but nobody will write the order. I guess I won’t be volunteering at my church’s homeless shelter. It is mandatory in CA to be vaccinated now if you volunteer with the homeless. I wash their sheets you would think that would be full of cooties. Shingles vaccine is a live vaccine and melanoma is considered a blood cancer. News to me,oh well. I don’t know about the new shingles vaccine. I have had shingles twice. It was awful. I would love to get the vaccine! In conclusion: cancer pets can get Hepatitis a vaccine.

      12 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Terri, have you asked your oncologist if it's OK for you to be washing sheets of homeless people? If your immunity is down, he might not want you to take chances with dirty sheets. Best wishes.

      12 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Buffcody, is the newest vaccine a live vaccine? A live vaccine isn't safe for cancer patients to have. There are several different types of flu shots, and I've heard we should stay away from drug store flu shots because they are live. (All flu shots are not live.)

      12 months ago

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