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Vidyya Medical News Service For 10-February-2001:

The following stories appear in full on today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.

Today's issue is all about the ear and educating your patients.

A vaccine licensed a year ago by the US Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of invasive pneumococcal disease in children has for the first time been confirmed effective in preventing certain childhood ear infections as well, according to a study published this week in the February 8 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

For more information: New Study Confirms Vaccine Reduces Childhood Ear Infections

Otitis media is one of the most common bacterial infections in children, striking more than 60% of US children during the first year of life and nearly every child by the age of five. In fact, otitis media is the most common pediatric diagnosis, accounting for 20 million office visits every year in this country and costing the US healthcare system up to $5 billion. Prevnar has recently been found to help decrease the instance of the illness. Get the prescribing information you need in today's Vidyya.

For more information: Prescribing Information: Prevnar ® - Vaccine Against Otitis Media

Prevnar can help protect children from certain pneumococcal bacteria that can cause life-threatening meningitis and blood infections. The vaccine is approved for use in infants as part of their routine vaccination schedule. Get more information for your patients with this educational hand out regarding the vaccine.

For more information: Information For Patients: Frequently Asked Questions About Pneumococcal Disease And The Prevnar ® Vaccine

When a child has fluid in the middle ear it is called also called otitismedia with effusion. Fluid usually does not bother children, and it almost always goes away on its own. This does not have to be treated with antibiotics, unless it lasts for a few months. Here are some facts about OME and ear infections for your patients in an easy-to-print format.

For more information: Information For Patients: Fluid in the Middle Ear (Otitis Media with Effusion)

When germs that cause colds (cold viruses) first infect the nose and sinuses, the nose makes clear mucus. This helps wash the germs from the nose and sinuses. After two or three days, the body's immune cells fight back, changing the mucus to a white or yellow color. As the bacteria that live in the nose grow back, they may also be found in the mucus, which changes the mucus to a greenish color. This is normal and does not mean antibitiocs are indicated.

For more information: Information For Patients: Runny Nose (With Green And Yellow Mucus)

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