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What does it mean that my child has a secondary infection?

In some cases, bacterial infections in children may be the result of secondary infection, meaning that the virus initiated the process and a bacterial infection occurred because of the effects of the viral infection. Sinusitis, ear infections and some pneumonias are common examples of secondary bacterial infections.

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