Prevnar Vaccine Available to Prevent Ear and Sinus Infections

Prevnar Vaccine Available to Prevent Ear and Sinus Infections

Antibiotic-resistant pneumococcal infections have become a major health problem. In February 2000 the FDA approved Prevnar, the exciting new vaccine that can prevent pneumococcal infections – the leading cause of serious meningitis and pneumonia. The pneumococcusis also the number one cause of ear infections and sinus infections, something that affects most young children.

I expect this vaccine to prove to be a major advance in children’ s health. The vaccine is now recommended for all children under 2 years old, the ages when these infections are most common. It is also recommended for older children who might be prone to these infections. I’d recommend asking your doctor whether the vaccine is appropriate for your family if you have any child under age 5.

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Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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