Vaccines can help protect against the most common infections that cause meningitis.
That's why it's important for kids who are getting cochlear implants to get their
vaccines, before and after surgery.
What Vaccines Should Be Given?
Children who get cochlear implants should get all their vaccines on time. Timing
is based on the recommended immunization
These vaccines are especially important because they protect against ear
infections and meningitis:
Also, kids over 2 years old who have or might get cochlear implants should get
polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23). Ideally, they should get their vaccines at least
2 weeks before implant surgery. If they don't, they should get them as soon as possible
after the surgery.
What Else Should I Know?
Immunizations help prevent
many diseases and are safe for kids and teens with cochlear implants. Children with
cochlear implants are not at higher risk for a type of meningitis
called meningococcal meningitis. They can get the meningococcal
vaccine and all routine immunizations on time.