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Who is at risk to develop epiglottitis?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Some risk factors

Certain increased risk factors.
More males than females. Having weakened immune system, more susceptible to bacterial infections causing epiglottitis. Lacking adequate vaccination. Delayed or skipped immunizations make child vulnerable to Hemophilus influenzae, most common bacterium causing epiglottitis and increases the risk.

In brief: Some risk factors

Certain increased risk factors.
More males than females. Having weakened immune system, more susceptible to bacterial infections causing epiglottitis. Lacking adequate vaccination. Delayed or skipped immunizations make child vulnerable to Hemophilus influenzae, most common bacterium causing epiglottitis and increases the risk.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccine for older children and adults whose immune systems have been weakened by: Sickle cell disease HIV/AIDS Spleen removal Chemotherapy Medications to prevent rejection of organ or bone marrow transplants
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics

In brief: Epiglottitis

Children are more vulnerable to developing epiglottitis.
This is an infection of the epiglottis (that cartilaginous structure at the back of the tongue that prevents food from dropping into the windpipe) by bacteria called hemophilus influenzae type b (hib). Fortunately enough, this infection has almost disappeared ever since the introduction of the hib vaccine.

In brief: Epiglottitis

Children are more vulnerable to developing epiglottitis.
This is an infection of the epiglottis (that cartilaginous structure at the back of the tongue that prevents food from dropping into the windpipe) by bacteria called hemophilus influenzae type b (hib). Fortunately enough, this infection has almost disappeared ever since the introduction of the hib vaccine.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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