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Welcome to the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program
of British Columbia

This web site is intended to provide patients, families, physicians and health care workers with extensive information about the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of British Columbia including:

    • Treatment Options provided by the Program
    • Issues around coping and support — both emotional and financial aspects
    • Available resources for patients and families
    • Information for stem cells and marrow donors
    • Our facilities, clinics and physicians
    • Cancer Management Guidelines
    • Our clinical research activities

At this time, the Program is only able to offer care to patients residing in Canada. International users may, however, find useful information which they can discuss with their own physicians.

Information about Flu Vaccine for Patients

Influenza ("Flu") Season is almost upon us.

It is extremely important for all Leukemia/BMT patients to be protected from acquiring Influenza infection. The Leukemia/BMT Program of British Columbia strongly recommends that all patients and close family contacts receive the annual influenza (flu) vaccine.

Exceptions to this recommendation are:

  1. Patients with a history of prior allergic reaction to vaccines
  2. Those with severe egg allergy
  3. Patients less than 3 months following transplant where there is unlikely to be a meaningful response to vaccine administration.

Patients who are between 3 & 6 months post transplant should receive a second dose of vaccine 4 weeks later.

If you are receiving chemotherapy, we recommend that you be vaccinated just prior to your next cycle of chemotherapy.

You should go to your family doctor or health clinic for vaccination, as the vaccine will not be available at the transplant clinic. It is important to note that your platelet count should be greater than 40 x 109/L at the time you receive the vaccination

The nasal spray vaccine ("Flumist") has not been assessed for safety in stem cell transplant patients and there is a theoretical risk of transmission of live virus with this vaccine. For this reason, it is recommended that patients being followed by the Leukemia/BMT Program and their close contacts should NOT receive this vaccine.
Specific questions can be addressed to your BMT physician.

Below are some useful links:
Vancouver Coastal Health Flu Shot Information
Ministry of Health Flu Shot Information


DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not medical advice. Treatment of individual patients may differ from that described. At all times patients should rely on the advice of their specialist, who is the only person with full information about their diagnosis and medical history.