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Living With CLL During Flu Season: What Vaccines Are Recommended?

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Andrew Schorr:

What are you telling your patients about vaccines?  My friend Jeff Folloder said somebody at MD Anderson had them maybe getting two flu shots. 

So you don't get as much protective benefit if you have CLL as somebody without it.  I don't think, at least, I'm not familiar with data that says two flu shots are better than one.  It may be out there and I'm not aware of it, but I mean I could understand why you might.  It at least biologically makes sense.   

And I guess the reason why I curse shingles so frequently is because it does seem to go part and parcel with lymphomas and CLL.  Again, you have a cancer of the immune system.  The immune system doesn't work as well, and, boy, I can't count the number of times where somebody gets shingles just as their CLL is acting up and then it delays treatment, or somebody is going through treatment with a lot of pain as a result.  

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