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Teenager with no spleen after a accident, getting infections like boils, taking Antibiotics. How do we boost immune system?

My 17 year old son has no spleen du to a motor vehicle accident. His immune system needs strengthening . He is on antibiotics via injections monthly however he is getting infections on his body like boils and they are very red and sore. He is on antibiotics for those as well. What can we do to boost his immune system and help him.
Asked On : Fri, 15 Mar 2013
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Thanks for your query.
Spleen plays a crucial role in the body's ability to fight off bacteria & living without the organ makes him more likely to develop infections, especially dangerous ones such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Haemophilus influenzae. These bacteria cause severe pneumonia, meningitis, and other serious infections.
Hope he has got all necessary Vaccinations to cover these bugs.
He also should get a flu vaccine every year.
He should avoid contact with sick people & those with open wounds.
He should report to the doctor the moment he feels unwell or has fever.
Lastly should have a good balanced diet rich in proteins & calories. taking multivitamin & multimineral supplements also might help.
Do everything to keep his morale high.
Best of luck.
Answered: Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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