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Ear infections down, thanks to vaccine

Science Daily, November 25, 2013

Researchers from UTMB have discovered that, during recent years, several interventions have been introduced aiming to decrease the otitis media burden — and they've been successful. The 11-year study, published online Nov. 25 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, examined the trends in otitis media-related health care use in the United States. The researchers found there was a downward trend in visits from 2004 to 2011, with a significant drop in children younger than 2 years that coincided with the advent of the 13-valent vaccine, or PCV-13, in 2010. “Otitis media has a high socioeconomic impact worldwide,” said Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree, the study’s lead author. “In the United States, an estimated $4 billion is spent every year on otitis media-related health care.” The news also appears in Science Codex, Red Orbit, Medical Xpress and Guidry News.

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