Ear Infection Vaccination on the Horizon?

By JustMommies staff

Healthday is reporting on a potential, pain free ear infection vaccination for children.

Ear infections are the most common illness in children under 15 and the biggest reason for trips to the E.R., according to the news wire.

Now, researchers at the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis in the Research Institute at the National Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, are reporting on the work they have done, which tested a vaccine on chinchillas.

The vaccine, a liquid which is rubbed on the ears, was highly effective when tested. It reportedly works by prompting a response from the immune system, which reduces or eliminates the bacterial agent which causes ear infections.

Director of the project, Lauren Bakaletz, revealed that "these studies lay the foundation for an effective, yet simple, inexpensive and potentially transformative way to deliver vaccines. It's our hope that the method of applying the vaccine to the skin will allow us to distribute it to some of the poorest children in the world."