Of Special Interest to Pediatric and Neonatal Staff/KidNet
MedSun: Newsletter #20, January 2008

Advice for Patients with Cochlear Implants: New Information on Meningitis Risk

In the October/November MedSun newsletter we informed you of the FDA Public Health Notification: Importance of Vaccination in Cochlear Implant Recipients. Also included on the FDA Web site is an article entitled Advice for Patients with Cochlear Implants: New Information on Meningitis Risk that is meant to remind patients of the increased and life-threatening risk of bacterial meningitis in cochlear implant patients and the importance of their being fully vaccinated.

The article summarizes new information on meningitis risk published by Dr. John Niparko of the Johns Hopkins University who recently conducted a survey on the University’s cochlear implant patient population.

Information from previous studies is also summarized and recommendations for those patients who have cochlear implants are offered.

Additional Information:

FDA Public Health Notification: Importance of Vaccination in Cochlear Implant Recipients
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/PublicHealthNotifications/ucm062057.htm


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