Health 101: Ear Infections

Will vaccines prevent an ear infection?

Because a number of bacteria and viruses (like colds) can lead to ear infections, no one vaccine can prevent them completely. However, the vaccines that protect your child against serious diseases like pneumonia and meningitis have also been shown to also reduce some cases of ear infection. In a study of 37,000 infants in California, those who received the pneumococcal vaccine (usually administered in three doses at 2, 4, and 6 months with a booster at 12 to 15 months) had 7 percent fewer ear infections and 20 percent fewer ear tube procedures than those who did not get the vaccination, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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