Cochlear implant candidates and recipients should consult their primary care physician and implanting surgeon regarding vaccination status for protection against meningitis. Meningitis is a known risk of inner ear surgery and candidates and recipients should be appropriately aware of this risk.
Because children with cochlear implants are at increased risk for pneumococcal meningitis, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that they receive pneumococcal vaccination on the same schedule recommended for other groups at increased risk for invasive pneumococcal disease. Recommendations for the timing and type of pneumococcal vaccination vary with age and vaccination history, and should be discussed with a health care provider.
American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS )
Fact Sheet – Cochlear – Meningitis Vaccination (updated: January 2011)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Use of Vaccines to Prevent Meningitis in Persons with Cochlear Implants: Fact Sheet (updated: April 2, 2012)