Vaccines in the Works to Prevent Ear Infections

earinfectx-largeThough researchers don’t yet have a way to stop this suffering, they are working on at least three experimental vaccines with the potential to prevent ear infections.

Developing vaccines for ear infections is tricky because more than 100 types of germs cause such infections, Rosenfeld says.

Because children develop ear infections so often, and because parents miss so much work because of them, certain vaccines against ear infections could actually be cost-effective, even if they cost $65 to $125 each, says Tracy Lieu of Children’s Hospital Boston, co-author of the Pediatrics paper.

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