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just diagnosed with persistent low level lymphocytosis

26 Jun 2019 12:50

I am due to get a lot of vaccinations in one day (Hep A, Diptheria, Polio, Tetanus) before travelling to Africa but have just been told I have persistent low level lymphocytosis which may or may not develop into Chronic Lymphoctic Leukemia (not sure how likely this is or whether persistent lymphocytosis is reversible?).  Can nurses advise whether receiving this much antigen in one day advised not too with persistent lymphocytosis?  I am separately due to get Yellow Fever and possibly MMR but these are live vaccines and worried about that, many thanks

just diagnosed with persistent low level lymphocytosis

27 Jun 2019 11:13 in response to Rooney123

Hello and thanks for posting,

Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell and lymphocytosis is often temporary and will return to normal, this type of lymphocytosis is caused by infection. Sometimes it can be a sign of something more serious like Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia. If these blood levels remain low the doctor will usually refer the person for more tests, or to see a haematologist ( specialist blood doctor) for assessment. 

I'm afraid as I am not involved in your care I am unable to tell you if it is safe or not for you to have these vaccinations. I suggest you ask your doctor. The practice nurse may also be able to advise you as they are directly involved in giving vaccines. 

I hope this is helpful to you, If you have more questions please get back in touch.

Wishing you all the best,