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Does Pneumoccal vaccine reduce amount of ear infections?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:30 AM on May. 31, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • No... In fact it can increase them. The heavy metals in the vaccine can cause extra fluid in the ears as well as swelling - both of which can increase the amount of ear infections. Pneumoccal can only help protect against Pneumoccal infections such as Meningitis, Strep Throat, Pneumonia & other minor illnesses, and even at that, it can only protect you or your children from certain strands.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:15 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • According to the CDC: "Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by a type of bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus). There are different types of pneumococcal disease, such as pneumococcal pneumonia, bacteremia, meningitis, and otitis media."

    According to "What microorganisms cause otitis media?
    Bacteria and viruses can cause otitis media. Bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), nontypable Hemophilus influenzae and Moraxella account for about 85% of cases of acute otitis media. Viruses account for the remaining 15%. Affected infants under six weeks of age tend to have infections from a variety of different bacteria in the middle ear."


    Answer by kjrn79 at 1:20 PM on May. 31, 2010

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