[Kidney transplantation and infection in childhood].

Abstract

Infectious risk is more important in the transplanted child than in adult because children are less often immunised against pathogens ant more exposed than adults to numerous infectious agents (virus but also bacteria including pneumococcus). The application of the standard immunisation schedule must be a permanent concern of transplantation (Tx) teams. Some vaccines that are not planned in the standard immunization schedule are particularly advised for the child and his family circle, as well as for caregivers. Immunisation response must be evaluated by a serological follow-up before Tx, in particular during the pre-Tx diagnostic work-up, then regularly after Tx. The more frequent absence of immunisation against Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) in children explains the increased frequency of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder at the pediatric age.

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