Diphtheria Vaccine For Lymphoma Patients?
Hello, good afternoon, Vivi.
Basically, patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma are not recommended to receive live vaccines derived from live attenuated viruses or microorganisms (such as BCG to prevent tuberculosis, or MMR to prevent measles, mumps, and rubella), because in people with lymphoma, lymphoma can occur. weak immune system, especially if he has received therapy in the form of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or steroid drugs that can worsen his immune system.
The diphtheria vaccine (which is usually combined with the tetanus vaccine) is made from bacteria that have been killed by chemicals or by heating. This type of vaccine produces little or no immune response, cannot mutate into a pathogenic (disease-causing) form, and cannot cause disease similar to natural infection. However, you are still highly recommended to consult and ask for an opinion first from a doctor who has treated your lymphoma before you carry out diphtheria immunization. This is because the doctor is more aware of the condition and history of the development of your disease, so it will be better to consider whether or not immunization is allowed.
That's all, hope it helps.
Regards, dr. Denisa