Impaired Immune System, Child

Certain health conditions and medicines weaken the immune system’s ability to fight off infection and illness. Some examples in children are: Diseases such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, and congenital heart disease. Steroid medicines, which are used to treat a variety of conditions. Medicines taken…

Impaired Immune System, Child

Impaired Immune System, Child

Certain health conditions and medicines weaken the immune system's ability to fight off infection and illness. Some examples in children are:

  • Diseases such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, and congenital heart disease.
  • Steroid medicines, which are used to treat a variety of conditions.
  • Medicines taken after organ transplant.
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer.
  • Not having a spleen.

Credits

Current as ofJune 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

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