Did You Know? Pneumococcal Vaccine and Infant Ear Infections

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A recent study showed a decline in childhood ear infections over the last 20 years. Scientists credit this decline to a variety of factors, including:

  • Regular use of pneumococcal vaccine
  • Increased use of influenza vaccine
  • Increases in the number of mothers that breastfeed
  • Decreases in exposure to cigarette smoke

Reference:
Acute Otitis Media and Other Complications of Viral Respiratory Infection. Tasnee Chonmaitree, Rocio Trujillo, Kristofer Jennings, Pedro Alvarez-Fernandez, Janak A. Patel, Michael J. Loeffelholz, Johanna Nokso-Koivisto, Reuben Matalon, Richard B. Pyles, Aaron L. Miller, David P. McCormick. Pediatrics. 2016 Mar 28. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-3555.
 

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