Recommendations for vaccinations

Author: Maria Yiallouros, erstellt am: 2009/07/29, Editor: PD Dr. med. Gesche Tallen, Reviewer: Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Günter Henze, English Translation: Hannah McRae, Last modification: 2019/08/14

After chemotherapy, previous vaccination coverage usually does no longer exist. Nevertheless, immunizations should not be renewed immediately after the completion of cancer treatment or before the patient's immune system has sufficiently recovered.

The German Society of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (GPOH) and the German Society of Pediatric Hematology and Infectious Diseases (DGPI) recommend to wait three to six months after treatment, before vaccinating with a dead, and at least six months before vaccinating with a live vaccine. More information on current vaccination recommendatioins in pediatric oncology is available here [LAW2005a].