Sept. 7, 2004 — A immunization can diminish cases of bacterial pneumonia and ear infections in children, according to a ponder in the journal Pediatrics.
Prevnar (pneumococcal conjugate antibody) fights pneumococcal infections, which include pneumonia, meningitis, and blood infections. It is not given to prevent ear infections. But the pneumococcal bacterium is a common cause of ear infections in newborn children and youthful children.
Prevnar is given as a series of four dosages. Babies get one dosage each at 2, 4, and 6 months. The final measurements is given between 12 and 15 months.
The unused study is based on information from Tennessee’s Medicaid workplaces and three protections companies in Unused York.
Katherine Poehling, MD, MPH, of Vanderbilt University’s pediatrics office, and colleagues focused on specialist visits in those health-care frameworks.
Kids who had been immunized with Prevnar by age 2 had less visits for pneumonia and ear contaminations.
In Tennessee, overall rates of ear diseases dropped by 6% with Prevnar. New York had an even more prominent diminish: 20% less visits for ear diseases.
More considers are needed to confirm the discoveries, say the researchers.