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Vaccinations And Screenings For SCD Patients

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Immunizations

All of a child's routine vaccines should be obtained through their primary pediatrician. It's also a good idea to get a flu shot every year after six months of age.

Prevnar and Pneumovax – Both aid in the fight against bacterial infections that can lead to pneumonia, blood infections, and meningitis (infection in the spinal column).

All newborns are given Prevnar. Pneumovax is administered to children with sickle cell disease when they are two years old.

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Special tests/screenings

Hemoglobin electrophoresis (also known as the "sickle cell test") is required to detect sickle cell disease by the age of two months. In rare situations, the test might be done at the age of 1–2 years to discriminate between different types of the condition.

It's also a good idea to schedule regular testing for family members. All well and sick visits include a complete blood count (CBC) and a reticulocyte count (Retic). A baseline level will be established for each patient, which must be understood.

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Oxygen saturation (O2 Sat)

The measurement of oxygen in tissue is called oxygen saturation (O2 Sat). In the clinic, a sensor on the finger is used to check vital signs as part of normal vital signs, as well as in the emergency room or hospital when sick.

It's crucial to know what your baseline level is while you're feeling good.

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