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“People falling into this extremely vulnerable group include:

  1. Solid organ transplant recipients.
  2. People with specific cancers:people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
    people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
    people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
  4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
  5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  6. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.”

“Shielding is for your personal protection. It is your choice to decide whether to follow the measures we advise. Individuals who have been given a prognosis of less than 6 months to live, and some others in special circumstances, could decide not to undertake shielding. This will be a deeply personal decision. We advise calling your GP or specialist to discuss this.”
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