Immunization of pediatric solid-organ transplantation candidates: Immunizations in transplant candidates

Andrew L. Campbell, Betsy C. Herold

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Abstract

Many children who receive solid-organ transplants have not completed their primary immunizations prior to transplantation. This leaves pediatric transplant recipients susceptible to the vaccine preventable illness of childhood, which if acquired post-transplantation are associated with increased rates of complications, hospitalization, graft rejection and mortality. The administration of vaccines to transplant candidates earlier and more rapidly than in the healthy child will improve vaccination rates among transplant recipients while not compromising immunogenicity. The recommended vaccines and vaccine schedule are discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)652-661
Number of pages10
JournalPediatric Transplantation
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005

Keywords

  • Humoral immunity
  • Immune responses
  • Immunizations
  • Immunocompromised
  • Transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Transplantation

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