Protection from infections

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Our immune system is designed to defend us from infections, but sometimes it doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to. When that happens, issues that might be small for most people, like a winter cold, can turn into a big problem.

We know being sick isn’t any fun for kids (or adults!), so here at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we work hard to care for infants, children and teens with weakened or altered immune systems so they can be as healthy and active as possible. Some patients have only temporary immune challenges that improve over time, while others have inherited immune issues and require regular support over the course of their lives.

In our program:

  • Every doctor has had dedicated training in both pediatric infectious diseases and pediatric immunology
  • We coordinate care with other departments within the hospital so that patients can see everyone they need, all at the same time and in the same place
  • We collaborate with clinical immunologists nationally to provide the most advanced diagnostic tests and treatments available, and we stay up to date by attending the annual Clinical Immunology Society meeting


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