About Aspergillus Fungal Infections
Aspergillus is a fungus that is always present in the air. The pneumonia caused by Aspergillus is serious, and current treatments do not work as well as we would like. Follow these guidelines at home to protect your child from infection.
Chickenpox can be very serious in a child with an immune system that has been weakened by cancer therapy or other immune problems.
The easiest and most important thing you can do to prevent infection is to clean your hands often.
Most of our younger patients enjoy riding in wagons to their St. Jude appointments. We need your help to be sure that the wagons are as safe as they can be.
Controlling the spread of colds and flu
Many St. Jude patients are at greater risk for getting sick from flu and other viral infections because of their diseases and treatments. We need your help to protect the health of your child and all St. Jude patients. The flu virus is spread from person-to-person through coughing or sneezing.
Dry skin is dead skin, and dead skin is food for bacteria. Dry skin decreases the strength of the skin and makes it easy to tear open. These open areas are a great place for an infection to start.
Fever and neutropenia
See this handout to learn about fever and to understand how someone with neutropenia is at high risk for infection.
How to prevent infection
Your child's disease or its treatments may weaken his immune system. While you are at the hospital these guidelines help ensure the health of your child and every St. Jude patient.
How to take a temperature
Fever in children may mean an infection is present. You need to know how to take your child's temperature correctly so you can report fever to the doctor.
Inpatient isolation to help prevent infection
The doctor has placed your child in isolation because he has an infection that could spread to other patients in the hospital. Isolation is used to help prevent the spread of infection.
Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
A pressure ulcer is a place where the skin is damaged from pressing against a bed, chair, or other surface.