- The term ‘immune-compromised’ refers to individuals whose immune system is considered weaker, more impaired, or less robust than that of the average healthy adult.
- The primary role of the immune system is to help fight off infection.
- Individuals with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of getting infections, including viral infections such as COVID-19.
- There are many reasons that a person might be immune-compromised: health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease, older age, or lifestyle choices such as smoking can all contribute to weakened immune systems.
- Patients with cancer may be at greater risk of being immune-compromised depending on the type of cancer they have, the type of treatment they receive, other health conditions, and their age.
- The risk of being immune-compromised is typically highest during the time of active cancer treatment, such as during treatment with chemotherapy.
- There is no specific test to determine if a person is immune-compromised, although findings such as low white blood cell counts or low levels of antibodies (also called immunoglobulins) in the blood likely indicate an immune-compromised state.
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