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Vaccine. 2008 Dec 23;26 Suppl 7:G2-4. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.11.005.

The burden of otitis media.

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Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands. m.rovers@umcutrecht.nl

Abstract

Otitis media (OM) is one of the most frequent diseases in young children, one of the most common reasons for a child to visit a physician, and also the most common indication for antibiotic prescribing. OM-related hearing loss due to middle ear effusion can delay language acquisition, alter behaviour, and influence quality of life. Conclusive evidence is, however, lacking. More insight into the individual risk factors is required in order to answer the question of why some children recover from OM spontaneously while others need specific intervention.

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19094933
DOI:
10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.11.005
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