Children maintained on chronic dialysis are at high risk for infection, and although the burden of vaccine-preventable disease in this population has not been fully documented, primary care of these patients should include careful compliance with the routine childhood immunization schedule. There have been considerable changes in this schedule in recent years, and an update is provided. In addition the supplemental vaccines for pneumococcal and influenza vaccines are discussed. Where available, data regarding vaccine response in children on dialysis are presented. (C) 2000 by the National Kidney Foundation, Inc.
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