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Flu Vaccines 2013

Patients with a Primary Antibody should have the normal flu vaccine. Whilst this may be less effective in antibody deficiency, even partial protection is worth having.
Those patients with respiratory disease associated with antibody deficiency may be particularly badly affected by influenza and should most certainly have the flu vaccine.
Patients who have a severe egg allergy should remind their GP of this, as they may need an egg-free brand of vaccine.

Shingles Vaccine 2013

Patients with a Primary Antibody Deficiency who are on replacement antibody therapy, should not normally receive this vaccination. If they develop shingles, they should see their GP immediately for treatment with acyclovir or other anti-shingles medication.

Shingles affects one side of the body only and appears as painful spots or pustules. Download this leaflet for more information.

SCID Screening Campaign

I am writing to support the initiative to introduce screening of babies for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)

This test can be done using the blood that is already taken from babies and it would therefore not cause them any extra suffering or discomfort. The test is very cheap and I understand that the cost of doing it will be far less than the cost of caring for SCID children who are not diagnosed and therefore become very unwell and need a lot of expensive hospital treatment.

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Letter to Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

Thank you for replying to Mr Luff with regard to the difficulty some people who live with a Primary Immune Deficiency experience when being assessed by medical practitioners who have no knowledge of these Rare Diseases.

Thank you for replying to Mr Luff with regard to the difficulty some people who live with a Primary Immune Deficiency experience when being assessed by medical practitioners who have no knowledge of these Rare Diseases.

The effects of these diseases vary immensely from person to person and our members ask us for help both in situations in which they would like to work, but feel that they are being discriminated against, and in situations where they are too unwell to work and have to face assessment.

UKPIPS Introduction – Conceived, For & Run

UK Primary Immune Deficiency Patient Support (UKPIPS) is the new UK mouthpiece for people living with a Primary Antibody or Immune Deficiency. Conceived by people living with Primary Antibody and Primary Immune Deficiency. For people living with Primary Antibody and Primary Immune Deficiency, and Run by people living with Primary Antibody and Primary Immune Deficiency.

SCID Screening Letter

Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, which is usually known as SCID, is a Primary Immune Deficiency which affects both the T Cells and the B cells of the immune system. The immune system is incredibly complex, but to explain this in a very simplistic way, B cells fight bacterial infections and T cells fight viruses and fungus.
Now, the most common type of Primary Immune Deficiency (PID) is called common variable immune deficiency (CVID) and this affects the B cells of people, making it very hard or impossible for them to fight bacteria. Without treatment people living with CVID will get very ill and may eventually die.