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Cochlear Implants and Meningitis Vaccinations for Children


Updated April 24, 2011

Cover of Cochlear Implants: Fundamentals and Applications

Cover of Cochlear Implants: Fundamentals and Applications

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When getting your child a cochlear implant, you should also make an appointment to get her vaccinated for meningitis. You may not think of that as a step in this process, but it's an important one.

A 2002 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study found that children with cochlear implants got meningitis more frequently than non-implanted children; a more recent study update further confirmed the increased risk.

To learn more about the connection and tap into some related resources, visit Bacterial Meningitis in Children with Cochlear Implants (CDC website).
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