Home » Flu vaccine helps protect immunocompromised patients at Texas Children’s
The flu can place a heavy burden on the health and well-being of children and their families. That burden can be especially heavy for those whose immune systems already are compromised.
“In hematology and oncology, we have a large number of patients who are immunocompromised,” said Dr. David Poplack, director of the Texas Children’s Cancer Center. “That means they are at a much greater risk of suffering an infection.”
If that infection is the flu, it could mean an extended hospital stay, the worsening of chronic health problems or, in some situations, even death.
To best protect our immunocompromised patients from influenza, those patients, their families and the health care workers who treat them should get a flu vaccine.
In addition to people with compromised immune systems, people who have the following medical conditions also are at high risk of developing flu-related complications:
“Because we treat so many people with these types of conditions here at Texas Children’s,” Poplack said. “We must have all of our employees and anyone who comes in contact with these patients immunized with the flu vaccine.”