Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Vaccination and ear infection advice

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With Cochlear Implantation there is a very small but slightly increased risk of meningitis.

All adults and children with Cochlear Implants should check with their family doctor that vaccinations have been completed.

Children

All children should be vaccinated with Prevenar 13 as follows (this is the standard routine vaccination programme that all babies receive);

  • For children under one year of age:
    • First dose of 0.5ml of Prevenar-13
    • Second dose of 0.5ml, two months after the first dose
    • A third dose of 0.5ml should be given
  • Children over one year of age and under five years of age not previously vaccinated:
    • A single dose of 0.5ml of Prevenar is indicated

All children over two years old, should also be vaccinated with a single dose of 0.5m of PPV (Pneumovax). If they have not previously received Prevenar 13 they should have this first.

Adults

All adults should be vaccinated with a single dose of 0.5m of PPV (Pneumovax).

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Ear infections

What to do if a person / child with a Cochlear Implant has an ear infection on the implanted side

We recommend that you contact the department for advice. If necessary we will arrange an appointment for you to come in to see ENT medical staff.

If you are unable to speak to a member of the Cochlear Implant team or travel to the hospital, and you / your child has a painful ear, you should see your GP. If there is an infection then treatment with antibiotics and/or topical ear drops is advised.

Please let us know if your GP prescribes antibiotics.

If the infection does not settle within 24 hours or you are concerned, please contact the hospital.

If it is the weekend or Bank Holiday and you are unable to see your GP or contact the implant programme, you should come in to the Emergency Department and ask to be seen by the on-call ENT doctor.

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