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How do other illnesses affect sickle cell anemia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

People with sickle cell anemia are very prone to infection. Normal every-day infections such as pneumonia or the flu can be very serious. Because of this, someone with sickle cell disease needs to be very up-to-date on their vaccinations and should seek medical attention immediately for all illnesses.

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