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Can a child with sickle cell disease get the flu vaccine?

Can a child with sickle cell disease get the flu vaccine?

Yes: People with sickle cell disease are at increased risk of severe complications of influenza and should recieve the yearly influenza vaccine unless otherwise contraindicated. ...Read more

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Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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How could 2 people without sickle-cell anemia to have a child with sickle-cell disease?

How could 2 people without sickle-cell anemia to have a child with sickle-cell disease?

Genetics: Sickle cell disease must be inherited from both parents. Sickle cell trait (1 sickle gene, 1 normal gene) is usually asymptomatic. 2 persons with sickle cell trait have a 1/4 chance of having a child with sickle cell disease, but the parents are often unaware that they have anything. ...Read more

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Can you pass on a sickle cell disease to your child?

Can you pass on a sickle cell disease to your child?

Depends on partner: Sickle cell disease requires that the s gene be passed to a baby during conception from both parents. In theory, someone with sickle cell disease could only pass one gene, so if the partner had normal hemaglobin genes, the baby would have trait, not ss. If the partner had trait, both trait or ss is possible. If both parents have sickle cell ss disease, all their babies would have sickle cell. ...Read more

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How would HPV affect someone with sickle cell anemia, particularly in the early stages of infection?

How would HPV affect someone with sickle cell anemia, particularly in the early stages of infection?

Unrelated: Sickle cell anemia and hpv are unrelated and one is not likely to affect the course of the other. Most people are able to get rid of their hpv spontaneously. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/surv-manual/chpt05-hpv.html. ...Read more

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Is it genetically possible for a parent with sickle cell disease to have a baby without sickle trait?

Is it genetically possible for a parent with sickle cell disease to have a baby without sickle trait?

Only using a donor: The offspring of someone with ss disease wil either have trait, or if the spouse has other issues could have trait plus whatever is contributed by the spouse. If the spouse has trait, ss or trait are the potential outcomes. If the baby has none of the genes of the ss parent (thru ivf etc.) they could escape the gene. ...Read more

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Do both parents have to have the actual sickle cell trait in order for the child to have sickle disease sc?

Do both parents have to have the actual sickle cell trait in order for the child to have sickle disease sc?

One has S/One has C: Parents have 2 genes at a given gene location in their dna. They have a carrier state if one gene is normal and one abnormal.In sickle trait the pair is sn, in c trait the pair is cn. For a child to have sc (sickle c) they get the s from one and the c from the other. If one parent is sc and the other sn(sickle trait), you could have ss, sn or sc. ...Read more

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Can a person with epilepsy get the flu shot?

Can a person with epilepsy get the flu shot?

No relationship: Here in the U.S., there is no reason for a person not to get a flu shot just because she has epilepsy, unless she had a prior epilepsy-related reaction to a previous flu shot. Epilepsy and flu shots are unrelated. ...Read more

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If one parent has the sickle cell trait and the other is normal, is it possible that their child can get the sickle disease?

If one parent has the sickle cell trait and the other is normal, is it possible that their child can get the sickle disease?

No: Both parents need to pass the genes, so if only one of you have the sickle trait (only 1 gene for sickle) then the baby will not have sickle cell disease. He can get the trait and be able to pass it on to his/her children. ...Read more

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Can a child get tay-sachs disease from parents that don't have the disease?

Can a child get tay-sachs disease from parents that don't have the disease?

That's how it happns: Tay-sachs is a genetic disorder that requires two defective genes for expression.During conception, one gene is passed from two unaffected carrier parents & baby develops the disease from having two faulty genes in each cell.Affected patients do not survive to pass it on. ...Read more

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Is sickle-cell anemia and malaria a virus or a bacteria spread disease?

Is sickle-cell anemia and malaria a virus or a bacteria spread disease?

Agree with Dr Diede: Sickle-cell trait & disease is an autosomal recessive inheritance from parents (genetics). Malaria is a parasitic infection. In a person who has sickle-cell trait – the red blood cells are destroyed prematurely before the Plamodium can reproduce. According to one study “Sickle cell trait provides 60% protection against overall mortality. Most of this protection occurs between 2-16 months of life." ...Read more

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Please help! what is the likelyhood of our children getting sickle cell or the trait if one of us has sickle cell?

Please help! what is the likelyhood of our children getting sickle cell or the trait if one of us has sickle cell?

Depends: If one parent has sickle cell disease, and the other parent does not have either sickle cell disease or trait, then the child has a 100% chance of having sickle cell trait and 0% chance of sickle cell disease. Once again, this is only true if it is known for sure by testing that the unaffected parent does not have sickle cell trait. ...Read more

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Will a child with sickle cell disease get sick more often than normal children?

Will a child with sickle cell disease get sick more often than normal children?

Yes, on average: Due to their disease, sickle cell disease children are immune-compromised, and it will be easier for them to get sick. That is why preventive antibiotics, vaccines, and flu-shots are so important for them. Any fever can represent a life-threatening emergency for them, so they must be extra careful to avoid ill people, wash their hands, avoid crowds, etc. ...Read more

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Why does a fever accompany the sickle cell disease?

Why does a fever accompany the sickle cell disease?

It doesn't always...: Patients with sickle cell disease can be immunocompromised because the disease causes the loss of your spleen, an important organ that helps the body fight certain infections. Fevers in patients with sickle cell disease are usually caused by infections. Fevers usually don't accompany pain crises. ...Read more

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Do both parents have to have the actual sickle cell trait in order for the child to have sickle disease sc or not?

Sort of: Sickle cell disease can include at least 3 different conditions. 2 parents with sickle trait can have a child with sickle cell anemia. 1 parent with sickle trait and 1 with hemoglobin c trait, another abn hgb, have a 1/4 chance of a child with sc disease, while 1 with sickle trait and 1 with thalassemia trait have a 1/4 chance of a child with sickle/thalassemia. All are called sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if adults with sickle cell disease can get splenic sequestration?

Wanted to know if adults with sickle cell disease can get splenic sequestration?

Yes: Splenic sequestration can occur in any sickle patient. Frequently the spleen auto-infarcts by age 3, but if patient has had prior transfusions, their spleen could regrow and could potentially be able to have sequestration. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What it the probability that african american child will be afflicted with sickle cell anemia?

What it the probability that african american child will be afflicted with sickle cell anemia?

1 in 400: In the us it is 1 i'm 400 and of course it is genetic so the numbers change per family. ...Read more

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What are the odds of children born with sickle cell disease living to a ripe old age?

What are the odds of children born with sickle cell disease living to a ripe old age?

Good: With comprehensive sickle cell care, including newborn screening for the disease, childhood penicillin prophylaxis and receipt of new conjugated vaccines to decrease early death from infection, and ongoing screening for increased risk of stroke in childhood with resulting intervention to decrease risk of stroke, it is unusual for a child to die of sickle cell disease today. ...Read more

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If a child has measles, can his immune parent "carry" the virus and unintentionally infect other susceptible children?

If a child has measles, can his immune parent "carry" the virus and unintentionally infect other susceptible children?

No: Viral carriage is not likely in an immune host. In order for a virus to survive it must be able to invade its host's cells, and pre-existing immunity should prevent this from occurring. ...Read more

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