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Infectious Disease

Inpatient & Outpatient Services

The Infectious Diseases Department provides inpatient and outpatient evaluations of children with any type of suspected or proven infectious disease. Consultation is provided on diagnostic evaluation, treatment alternatives and advice for prophylaxis.

Inpatient consultation is provided to patients in general pediatrics, surgical, intensive care and oncology services.

Outpatient clinics

Depending on the case, most treatment is coordinated with the primary care provider.

A variety of infectious disease categories are seen, including:

  • General Infectious Diseases: Evaluation of patients with chronic or recurrent infections, advice on antibiotic treatment, fever of unknown origin, tuberculosis, exposure to infectious diseases, especially vaccines, etc.
  • HIV: Comprehensive evaluation and management of children and their families affected by human immunodeficiency virus.
  • International Travel: Children’s Hospital is a certified center, providing advice on preventive measures, medications and vaccinations to minimize the risk of acquiring an infectious disease during international travel.
  • Internationally Adopted Children: Advice is provided to parents traveling abroad for adoption, including review of the child’s medical documents. Comprehensive evaluation of the adopted child is provided upon arrival to the US. Emphasis is given to evaluation of potential infections acquired before adoption, need for immunizations and assessment of developmental milestones including speech, hearing and vision screenings. A comprehensive plan is then coordinated with the primary care provider.
  • Viral Hepatitis: In collaboration with the pediatric gastroenterology team, children with chronic hepatitis B and C are seen and evaluated, comprehensive care is provided, and treatment is initiated and monitored for those children for whom it is indicated.
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