Ear infections down in UTMB study, thanks to vaccine

We looked at the trend of Otitis Media health
care use between 2001 and 2011 and found that, in the past decade, there have been significant
reductions in the health care use for Otitis Media, especially with the introduction of
new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine 13 in the year 2010. The study was important because acute Otitis
Media, or ear infection, in children is a very common disease and it is the leading
cause of pediatric health care visits in the United States. It is also the most common
cause of antibiotic use in children and the most common reason that children undergo surgery
for tube placement. Well I would like parents to know that medical
interventions in the past decade had helped reduce the burden of common childhood disease. If the vaccine prevents the disease that normally
require antibiotics it will reduce antibiotic use in young children. And, reduction of antibiotic
use will help with prevention of antibiotic resistance in the future. And that is good news.

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