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Yes: Though it's not very common, infants can get have vaccine reactions. Vaccinations work by stimulating the immune system and it's the immune response that can occasionally cause a fever. There are very few reasons, other than significant allergic reactions, to delay the next dose in a series. If your infant is due for another dose in the series, you should strongly consider doing it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Serious enough : It depends on how severe. It can reach from a severe infection that causes severe lung injury, systemic infection with organ failure and a real risk of death, to a milder infection that one treats as an outpatient. It is always something however that requires medical attention and treatment ( antibiotics, supportive care). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Tested my pneumococcal antibodies- they were low she gave me pneumo vac retest in 5 weeks, if it comes back low again.. What does this mean?
CVID: Aka combined variable immunodeficiency. This test is done because you have recurrent sinusitis, bronchitis or pneumonia & screening tests for weak immune system - CBC & diff, quantitative immunoglobulins, ch50- are ok. A 2nd low test means you don't make adequate antibodies against some bacteria that infect the respiratory tract. Antibiotics & gamma globulin injections will help you. ...Read more
My son 27 mths so far received 4 shots of pneumococcal pcv13 my country mins of health suggests another shot for all ages 2-5 regardless.Is it safe?
Depends on situation: A lack of specific antibody implies that your immune system has not naturally encountered pneumococcus bacteria or that it has not responded well to previous exposure or pneumococcal vaccines (prevnar or pneumovax). This may be a sign of immune deficiency and should be discussed with a board certified allergist/immunologist. ...Read more
No, they are not.: Individuals with certain underlying medical conditions are at higher risk to develop an invasive pneumococcal infection including meningitis. The conditions are: asplenia (either absent or nonfunctioning); complement deficiency; nephrotic syndrome. Anyone undergoing cochlear implantation is also at higher risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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