I am being treated for metastatic breast cancer and have metabolic syndrome. Can I get the sixth dose of the anti-Covid vaccine?
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Given the risk profile related to a Covid infection in a patient with her clinical problems, the administration of the Covid vaccine is indicated precisely to reduce these risks. The same goes for anti-flu vaccination. There are no particular contraindications to the administration of the two vaccines at the same time. If you have had Covid-19 in recent weeks, the indication is to carry out the Sars-Cov-2 vaccination booster six months after the infection, or in any case not before three months if for clinical reasons it is necessary to do it earlier. The flu vaccine, on the other hand, can be done as soon as you have tested negative and the symptoms have passed. I suggest, however, that you contact the oncology center where you are being treated and your family doctor, who, being aware of your medical history, will be able to give you the best advice.
*Andrea Sagona is a breast surgeon at the Breast Unit of the Humanitas Cancer Center in Rozzano.
The information provided is intended for informational purposes only: it does not represent medical advice in any way and cannot replace diagnoses or treatment indications recommended by your doctor or a specialist.