Children with cochlear implants are more likely to develop pneumococcal meningitis, a form of bacterial meningitis. As a result, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends those with cochlear implants receive vaccinations for bacterial meningitis on the same scheduled recommended for other groups who have a high risk for the disease.

The CDC recommends all infants and children with cochlear implants routinely receive PCV13. Beginning at 2 years of age, children should also one dose of PPSV after they have completed all the doses of PCV13. Adults 19 and older should also receive one dose of PPSV. It’s important to speak with your OlrandoENT specialist or other doctor about the best course of immunizations for your child.

There is no evidence that children with cochlear implants are at a greater risk for developing meningococcal meningitis, caused by Neisseria meningitides. Nevertheless, speak with your health care professional to make sure you and your child are receiving the correct immunizations. For more information about the CDC’s recommendations for children with cochlear implants, see the second table.


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