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Infectious Diseases

Treating Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Diagnostic and therapeutic services are expertly offered at the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division at Cohen Children's Medical Center for:

  • Suspected or proven infections - particularly those that are recurrent, severe, or caused by unusual germs
  • Prolonged or recurrent fever
  • Suspected or proven Lyme disease
  • Suspected or proven tuberculosis
  • Suspected or proven Kawasaki syndrome
  • Difficulties with immunizations or lack of response to immunizations
  • Immunizations to prevent RSV infection

The Division also provides information and vaccinations for children traveling to foreign countries, as well as for those who have recently been adopted from foreign countries.

Pediatric Lyme Disease Center - In conjunction with the Division of Rheumatology, patients with suspected or proven Lyme disease or other tick-borne disease are evaluated and treated. Ticks removed from children or adults are identified in our laboratory to determine if the tick is a type that can carry the germ of Lyme disease. Deer ticks are further analyzed to determine the length of time they were attached to the patient. The duration of attachment provides information that helps determine the risk of Lyme disease in the patient. Research into the prevention, treatment and mechanism of Lyme disease is conducted within the division.

Pediatric Travel and Immunization Center - Consultations are provided regarding appropriate immunizations and other preventive measures such as medicines for malaria or diarrhea prior to foreign travel. Our center is licensed for provision of yellow fever vaccine. The center also evaluates children who are ill after returning from foreign travel. Available vaccines include the meningococcal vaccine ("meningitis vaccine"), hepatitis A and B vaccines, rabies vaccine, typhoid vaccine and Japanese encephalitis vaccine. At SCH Consultation and Diagnostic Center in Commack, pre-travel consultations are provided for adults, children and families.

Home intravenous antibiotic therapy - The infectious diseases division supervises the care of children who require courses of intravenous antibiotic therapy that can be administered at home. These patients include children with bone or joint infections, Lyme disease and infections of the heart (endocarditis).

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