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How can the immune system effect my childs risk for recurrent sinus and ear infections

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Vaccines are key

The immune system can create protective antibodies after infections (igg) that help prevent re-infection.
Vaccines are artificial infections that safely create igg. Strep. Pneumoniae is a bacteria that is responsible for up to 1/2 of all sinus and ear infections, the pneumococcal vaccine pcv-13 and pcv-23 can reduce the risk for s.Pneumo infections. Vaccinate your children.

In brief: Vaccines are key

The immune system can create protective antibodies after infections (igg) that help prevent re-infection.
Vaccines are artificial infections that safely create igg. Strep. Pneumoniae is a bacteria that is responsible for up to 1/2 of all sinus and ear infections, the pneumococcal vaccine pcv-13 and pcv-23 can reduce the risk for s.Pneumo infections. Vaccinate your children.
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Vaccine may not work

Getting a vaccination does not guarantee a good immune response.
If frequent infections occur in a fully immunized person, an evaluation of the immune system can be done by blood work. If s. Pneumo. Antibodies are absent following immunization, this could indicate a more serious underlying "immunodeficiency". This problem should be investigated in those who have frequent ear or sinus infections.

In brief: Vaccine may not work

Getting a vaccination does not guarantee a good immune response.
If frequent infections occur in a fully immunized person, an evaluation of the immune system can be done by blood work. If s. Pneumo. Antibodies are absent following immunization, this could indicate a more serious underlying "immunodeficiency". This problem should be investigated in those who have frequent ear or sinus infections.
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