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Position Statement: CDC Immunization Recommendations for Cochlear Implant Patients

Position Statement: CDC Immunization Recommendations for Cochlear Implant Patients

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery endorses the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending the importance of age-appropriate immunizations against specific organisms that cause meningitis in patients who have, or will receive a cochlear implant.

CDC 2012 Fact Sheet for Health Professionals

AAO-HNS 2013 Fact Sheet

Link to current recommended vaccine schedule

Adopted 5/1/2008
Updated 12/8/2012
Reviewed 9/17/2016

Important Disclaimer Notice (Updated 7/31/14)

Position statements are approved by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery or Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) Boards of Directors and are typically generated from AAO-HNS/F committees. Once approved by the Academy or Foundation Board of Directors, they become official position statements and are added to the existing position statement library. In no sense do they represent a standard of care. The applicability of position statements, as guidance for a procedure, must be determined by the responsible physician in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient. Adherence to these clinical position statements will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. As with all AAO-HNS/F guidance, this position statement should not be deemed inclusive of all proper treatment decisions or methods of care, nor exclusive of other treatment decisions or methods of care reasonably directed to obtaining the same results. Position statements are not intended to and should not be treated as legal, medical, or business advice.

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