For teens (13–17 years old)
We have some advice about living with primary immunodeficiency (PI) for you. You probably get support from those who know you best—your family, friends, teachers, and coaches. But not everyone understands what it’s like to have PI, so IDF can also connect you to other teens with PI. Remember, we’re here to help you!
Tips to manage your health: Learn ways to stay as healthy as possible, so you can do all the things you like to do.
Advice on friends and dating: Read our advice on how to find good friends who can help you as you live with PI.
Being independent: See how you can show your family that you can learn to take care of yourself.
Juggling school and your health: Here are some tips for managing your schoolwork and your health.
Activities and jobs: Get advice about managing your extracurricular activities and a part-time job.
Understanding insurance: Start learning the basics of health insurance and how important it is.
For young adults (18–25 years old)
IDF wants to help you manage living with primary immunodeficiency (PI), including your health, insurance, education, and relationships. You get support from your family and friends, but IDF can provide you with advice and resources to help you cope with a wide variety of issues related to having PI.
- Tips to manage your health: Learn ways to manage your PI and stay as healthy as possible.
- Advice about friends, dating, travel: Read tips about friendships, dating and travel.
- Being independent: Learn how to take care of yourself independent from your family.
- Your education: Here are important things to consider when thinking about college and your future.
- Understanding health insurance: Know how health insurance works and how important it is to your health.
- What to consider for employment: Get advice about choosing a career and knowing your rights.
Volunteer with IDF
Get involved with IDF to help other young people living with PI.
Formerly known as the "IDF Transition Guide: Pediatric to Adult Care," this new edition released in 2023 helps teens and young adults with primary immunodeficiency prepare to make informed decisions about their future, manage their healthcare on their own, and transition into life as adults with new responsibilities. Download as a PDF or order a hard copy!