Recurrent sinus infections may be caused by a specific type of immune deficiency, such as Streptococcus Pneumonia and Hemophilus Influenza Type B. These two bacteria cause nearly half of all acute sinus infections.
Vaccinations became required for these bacteria for school-aged children in the 90s. For patients over the age of 65, and those suffering from asthma, it is recommended they get vaccinated against Streptococcus Pneumonia (Pneumovax) as well.
A simple blood test can reveal whether or not you need the vaccine. For patients who work with children, travel, or are frequently exposed to the public, this test is particularly important.
There is a small number of patients who do not respond to vaccines.
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