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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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Flu Shot (Definition)

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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Can infants with sickle cell trait have painful epsidoes?

Can infants with sickle cell trait have painful epsidoes?

Yes.: This is called dactyl iris. Usually occurs in infants about 6-12 months of age. Call your doctor, as many of these episodes will need treatment to make the pain better. ...Read more

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Can people with sickle cell anemia donate blood?

Can people with sickle cell anemia donate blood?

No: A diagnosis of sickle cell disease precludes donation of blood. This is not only because of the presence of the disease itself, but also because patients with sickle cell disease fail to meet the hemoglobin criteria for donors set by the red cross, which is 12.5g/dl. ...Read more

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Can we use hydroxyurea with sickle cell anemia patient?

Can we use hydroxyurea with sickle cell anemia patient?

HU in sickle cell: Certain patients with sickle cell can be helped by Hydroxyurea (hu). Initially, Hydroxyurea was thought to increase fetal hemoglobin levels (not carrying the sickle cell mutation), but more recently, hu has been shown to decrease high white blood cell counts which can lead to vaso-occlusive crises. Talk with your hematologist to see if hu is right for you. ...Read more

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Could hydrea (hydroxyurea) possibly help children with sickle cell disease?

Yes: Hydre increases a type of hemoglobin called fetal hemoglobin in sicle cell patients and this prevents the sickle cells from breaking up easily. Hydrea (hydroxyurea) can reduce need for transfusions and patients may have less pain crises, chest sydrome and other complications. ...Read more

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Had recent trouble with severe anemia. Red blood cell count went down to a six. I ended up in the hospital getting transfused with three units of blood. Does sickle cell trait effect anemia?

Had recent trouble with severe anemia. Red blood cell count went down to a six. I ended up in the hospital getting transfused with three units of blood. Does sickle cell trait effect anemia?

Sickle cell trait...: Will not produce the anemia that you describe. You should work with your dr. To identify the cause and to correct it. I hope that you are feeling better after the care you received, and together with your dr you will get to the bottom of it. Good luck to you. Keep us posted. ...Read more

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Is malaria and sickle cell anemia related?

Is malaria and sickle cell anemia related?

Sickle cell Trait: can offer some protective value regarding severity of malarial disease. 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, before the onset of clinical immunity..." ...Read more

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Are malaria shots or meds necessary for someone who has sickle cell trait?

Yes: You can't rely on sickle trait protecting you from contracting malaria. If you have sickle cell trait and are traveling to areas where malaria prophylaxis is recommended, you should follow those recommendations as well. ...Read more

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Is sickle cell crisis more severe in sickle cell thalassemia or sickle cell alone?

Most less severe: Most are less severe in sickle cell thalassemia, but depends. HbS/B(0)thal: similar to HbSS in severity maybe slightly less severe. HbS/B(+)thal: has 60% HbSS and 30% HbA, thus less severe than HbSS (sickle cell alone). HbS/A-thal: less severe than HbSS due to decreased HbSS amount. ...Read more

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Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?

Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?

NO: To simplify- providing that the father has a completely normal blood - ( no other type of congenital/hereditary bood disorder-like thalasemia minor, hemoglobin c disease etc) - the baby will have 50% risk to have sickle cell trait-but the baby will not have sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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Could the dtap vaccine (whooping cough shot) interfere with the results of a CBC test?

Could the dtap vaccine (whooping cough shot) interfere with the results of a CBC test?

Stress response: Any stress will potentially effect a cbc, usually producing a mild rise in the total WBC count, dominated by mature forms. It is less likely if the CBC is drawn at the same time or soon after the shot, & more an hour or so later as the stress response kicks in. The dr ordering the test will take a mild stress effect into account when interpreting the study. ...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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How are sickle cell anemia and malaria related? I've heard of an evolutionary advantage.

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How are sickle cell anemia and malaria related? I've heard of an evolutionary advantage.

Sickle and malaria: Patients with sickle cell disease are protected againts severe and complicated malaria infection- by 2 mechanism: -1. Cells infected with malaria paracytes had accelerated sickling compared with noninfected cells- and as the result the cell would be destroyed/ promoting removal of infected cells from the circulation `2.Impaired paracyte growth due to reduce o2 content in sickle cell. ...Read more

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What are the odds that two parents (both carriers of sickle cell) will have offspring with sickle cell?

What are the odds that two parents (both carriers of sickle cell) will have offspring with sickle cell?

25 %: Normal hemoglobin AA Sickle hemoglobin SS Sickle carrier (AS) So if both parents are carriers, then each has a AS genotype. ( roughly half of their hemoglobin is sickle m but they have no symptoms) the gametes ( SPERM OR EGGES) CAN BE either S or A , 50% chance of having S or A these are the possible offsprings AA 25% (normal), AS, SA 50% (carriers) , SS sickle cell disease 25% ...Read more

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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

An inherited blood disease causing red blood cells to be sickle (curved) shaped instead of round. It shortens life expectancy, and can result in bacterial infections, painful swelling of the hands and feet, fever, arthritis, leg ulcers, fatigue, anemia, eye damage, and ...Read more