Is there a vaccine for viral ear infections?

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The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Prevnar) may help in reducing the risk of bacterial ear infections, but not viral. The vaccine was developed for use against much more serious diseases like meningitis, but seems to be an effective preventative against bacterial forms of ear infection, including cases that might arise from viral infections. There is currently no preventative medication effective against viral ear infections.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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