Management of Kawasaki disease Eleftheriou et al

Susan M Hall, Honorary professor,
November 22, 2013

The authors recommend that children on long term aspirin therapy for complications of Kawasaki Disease should be immunised with varicella zoster vaccine because of the risk of Reye's syndrome (RS) if they acquire chicken pox. It is equally important that they receive influenza vaccine annually because influenza is also associated with the development of RS in children taking aspirin. In fact one of the groups listed as eligible for annual routine flu vaccine in both the United States and South Africa, is children and teenagers on aspirin.

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