The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 77, Issue 7, pp 789–793 | Cite as

Iron deficiency and infection

  • Vishal KumarEmail author
  • V. P. Choudhry
Symposium on Nutritional Anemia


Iron deficiency is the most common micronutrient deficiency in the world. Children, particularly infants living in developing countries are highly vulnerable to infectious diseases. Therefore, understanding the relationship between iron deficiency and infection is of great importance. Iron deficiency is associated with impairment of innate (natural) immunity and cell mediated immunity, thereby contributing to increased risk of infections. The iron acquisition by the microbes and their virulence is determined by various host and microbial mechanisms. Altering these mechanisms might provide modes of future therapy for infectious diseases.

Key words

Iron deficiency Immunity Infection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsChacha Nehru Bal ChikitsalyaDelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Hematology, Paras Hospital, GurgaonSun Flag Pahuja Centre for Blood DisordersFaridabadIndia
  3. 3.Chacha Nehru Bal ChikitsalyaDelhiIndia

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