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can you become immune to sepsis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Many different bacterial, viruses, fungi, etc... Can cause sepsis, an overwhelming infection spread throughout the body. Most of the germs that can cause sepsis are not vaccine-preventable.
Dr. Paul Christakis
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Depends...: There are 2 vaccines given in infancy, which can greatly decrease an infant's risk of sepsis due to 1) pneumococcus and 2) hemophilus inf type b bacteria. Make sure your baby gets these vaccines, and gets them on time. The last cases i saw of these types of sepsis were during my hospital training, as the vaccines were being introduced to the public, many years ago! the bacteria are still out there.

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What is sepsis?

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Dr. Ruben Nazario
Specializes in Pediatrics
A severe infection: Sepsis is the term used by doctors to describe a severe, life-threatening bloodstream infection. Sepsis can cause your baby's organs to fail. If untreated, sepsis can be fatal. Treatment with intravenous fluids and antibiotics, and close monitoring in the hospital can prevent serious complications.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can anyone get sepsis?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: If you encounter a virulent enough pathogen and have an immune system, you can get septic.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What types of doctors treat sepsis?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Intensivists: Really, it depends on your hospital and location, but in general critical care boarded physicians treat sepsis; if the infection is rare or strange, they may consult with an infectious disease physician. If the sepsis is not severe, a general internist may direct your care.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

How long can you live if you don't treat sepsis?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Few hours: Few hours, sometimes a few days.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for sepsis to set into your bloodstream?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
?: Once the infection reaches the bloodstream, it becomes sepsis.

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