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CA Cancer J Clin. 2017 Sep;67(5):398-410. doi: 10.3322/caac.21407. Epub 2017 Jul 28.

The importance of immunization in cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship.

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Senior Vice President of Intramural Research (retired), American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA.
Director, Lymphoma Program, Department of Hematology and Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
Strategic Director of Pathology Research, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA.
Professor of Global Health, Epidemiology, and Pediatrics, Rollins School of Public Health and Emory University School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
Assistant Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.


Answer questions and earn CME/CNE A measles outbreak originating in California during 2014 and 2015 called attention to the potential for infectious disease outbreaks related to underimmunized populations in the United States and the potential risk to pediatric patients with cancer attending school when such outbreaks occur. Compliance with vaccine recommendations is important for the prevention of hepatitis B-related and human papillomavirus-related cancers and for protecting immunocompromised patients with cancer, and these points are often overlooked, resulting in the continued occurrence of vaccine-preventable neoplastic and infectious diseases and complications. This article provides an overview of the importance of vaccines in the context of cancer and encourages clinician, health system, and public policy efforts to promote adherence to immunization recommendations in the United States. CA Cancer J Clin 2017;67:398-410.


Streptococcus pneumoniae; hepatitis B; herpes zoster; human papillomavirus; immunization; influenza; neoplasms

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