Ear Infection Vaccine

Is there really a vaccine that can prevent ear infections?

Smiling little girl at an age to get the ear infection vaccine.

Dr. Greene’s Answer:

Yes! A vaccine, called the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, has been shown in large clinical trials to reduce the risk of middle ear infections caused by one type of bacteria called pneumococcus. It has also been shown to decrease the risk of other infections caused by pneumococcus.

The vaccine is FDA approved and has been in use since 2000. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for all children less than 2 years of age and certain high risk children up to the age of 5 years.

More detailed information regarding the vaccine can be downloaded from the CDC website at CDC.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/pcv13.html.

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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