Preventing otitis media with pneumococcal conjugate vaccine: More data than certainty?
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A recently updated Cochrane Review nicely summarises the very complicated results of trials of pneumococcal vaccines with the outcome of preventing acute otitis media (rather than the original target of invasive pneumococcal disease). This is clearly an important question; acute otitis media is one of the most common causes of children's visits to the doctor. It is also a common reason for prescribing antibiotics, so anything that prevents it has the extra bonus of contributing to reducing the worry of antibiotic resistance.
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