The impact of otitis media

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 1989 Jan;8(1 Suppl):S11-4.


Otitis media is one of the most worldwide prevalent diseases that affects children. The socioeconomic costs may exceed 3.5 billion dollars a year in the United States alone in direct and indirect costs. If a vaccine can be developed that will decrease 1% of the illness this would be significant in this country and probably even more valuable in less developed countries.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Humans
  • Middle Ear Ventilation / economics
  • Otitis Media / drug therapy
  • Otitis Media / economics*
  • Otitis Media / surgery
  • Recurrence
  • Socioeconomic Factors


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents