Immunizations and Cochlear Implantsenparents with cochlear implants have a higher risk than other kids of getting some types of bacterial meningitis. Vaccines can help protect them. cochlear implant, implant, Immunizations and Cochlear Implants, vaccines, immunizations, cochlear immunizations, inner ear, cochlea, coklea, coclea, bionic ear, implanted device, surgically implanted, surgically implanted device, cokeclear, cochleer, coclear, coclear, cokeclear implant, cochleer implant, coclear implant, coclear implant, ears, ear, hearing, hearing loss, hearing impairment, hearing aid, hearing aide, deaf, deafness, hearing impaired, speech, language, speak, speech and language therapy, speech therapy, ear surgery, implant surgery, hearing implant, hearing surgery, nerve deafness, sensorineural hearing loss, hearing damage, profound hearing loss, severe hearing loss, serious hearing loss, noise, loud noise, loud noises, CD1Audiology, CD1Cochlear Implants, CD1Otolaryngology, CD1Hearing Loss, CD1Balance (Vestibular) Disorders, CD1Audiology, CD1Cochlear Implants, CD1Otolaryngology, CD1Hearing Loss, CD1Balance (Vestibular) Disorders, CD1Speech & Language Therapy03/10/202003/10/202003/10/2020William J. Parkes, IV, MD03/02/2020fb98f1d9-fd26-43e7-af48-a89cc4b21ebf<h3>Why Do Kids With Cochlear Implants Need Vaccines?</h3> <p>Children with <a href="">cochlear implants</a> have a higher risk than other kids of getting some types of bacterial meningitis. <a href="">Meningitis</a> is a serious infection of the membranes that cover the <a href="">brain and spinal cord</a>.</p> <p>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.</p> <h3>What Vaccines Should Be Given?</h3> <p>Children who get cochlear implants should get all their vaccines on time. Timing is based on the recommended <a href="">immunization schedule</a>.</p> <p>These vaccines are especially important because they protect against <a href="">ear infections</a> and meningitis:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Haemophilus influenzae type b (HIB)</a> for children younger than 5 years old</li> <li><a href="">pneumococcal conjugate (PVC)</a></li> <li><a href="">influenza (flu)</a> every year for children older than 6 months</li> </ul> <p>Also, kids over 2 years old who have or might get cochlear implants should get the <a href="">pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23)</a>. 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.</p> <h3>What Else Should I Know?</h3> <p><a href="">Immunizations</a> help prevent many diseases and are safe for kids and teens with cochlear implants. Children with cochlear implants are <strong>not</strong> at higher risk for a type of meningitis called meningococcal meningitis. They can get the <a href="">meningococcal vaccine</a> and all routine immunizations on time.</p>
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