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Chickenpox and the immunosuppressed please help

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ReindeerBollocks Fri 22-Feb-13 20:48:00

DD has been unwell today. This evening she is developing spots over her neck and face which look like chicken pox (it is going around in this area and she is 3).

Only problem is that DH is immunosuppressed due to having a transplant. He is on an extremely high dose of steroids (higher than most transplant patients as it was an ABO incompatible transplant, which has already had signs of type one and two rejection). I have been phoning DH's hospital this evening but most nurses are being very unhelpful and no-one is giving me a straight answer as to the best course of action to take.

DS is also chronically ill but has had CP and the pneumococcal vaccine. Although DS is also showing signs of CP I have spoken to his nurse and she has said that they would treat his symptoms but not to worry. The Nurse was very lovely and also gave me advice regarding DH which was basically that he needs to be as far away from DD as possible! She advised speaking to his team, but they aren't picking up the phone.

What do we do? I know that CP can be extremely serious in immunosuppressed people and whilst I'm not panicking (yet) I need to know which steps to take next. DH is currently at work, but will be home soon.

Surrealistrhinoceros Sat 23-Feb-13 15:53:29

Really good news! Hope you can have a restful weekend, I don't imagine you slept too well last night smile

Definitely ask about CP vaccine for DD. the protocol as I understand it is that while immunosuppressed people can't have the vaccine directly because its a live vaccine, it is recommended that their close contacts get it in order to prevent them passing it to the person.

Side effect is you might avoid having to nurse a 3 year old through chickenpox, and you sound like any small reduction in hassle would be very welcome!

All the best.

ReindeerBollocks Sat 23-Feb-13 21:13:07

Thank you both for checking up on this thread and for the very practical advice. I am making an appointment for all relevant jabs for DD - DS has had pneumococcal and CP vaccine due to health condition. We need to be realistic with the GP that DD would need any extra vaccines such as flu (DH, DS and I already get these annually) but I think that we need to look at DD in a similar light to ourselves i.e. she needs all the protection she can get to stop here passing anything back to DH and DS which could make them seriously ill.

Wlll also ask the renal team if there is anything else we need to be wary of, especially as DD is starting school in September.

Thank you again, it's much easier to ask wise mumsnetters than it is to get hold of a Dr! They are generally always right too grin

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