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Vaccines, immunosuppressive drugs, kidney failure and transplant

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Our family doesn't normally vaccinate for anything. Our third baby has kidney failure. He will start dialysis soon (he is 4 weeks old now) and will undergo a kidney transplant as soon as possible (he has to be 22 lbs). He will be on immunosuppressive drugs after the transplant. Could you please give me your thoughts on vaccines in this case? The neonatologist in the NICU of course advised all vaccines, and also vaccinating our older children, but I am pretty sure that is the advice he would give every single person on the planet.

I'm not necessarily against vaccines if needed, but I just don't have a good handle on whether they're needed in this case, and I'm not sure I will be able to have a really frank and honest conversation about vaccines with our nephrology team.

Thanks in advance.
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The first thing you need to do is read the aluminum section of the book.  Aluminum is very toxic to kidney patients.  So, I wouldn't do any vaccines with aluminum.

As for being on the immunosuppressives and how that might increase his infection risk, that is an issue. But this is a situation where I really can't advise you on whether to do certain vaccines. You have to read about each disease risk and consider how likely it is to occur and be severe.  I would say, however, that if you tend to not vaccinate, you could at least put them off for now - don't be in too much of a hurry.

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