VoICE Immunization Evidence: Cognition

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Cognition

Cognition refers to a host of mental processes and functions including knowledge acquisition and recall, attention, memory, reasoning and problem solving. Several vaccine-preventable diseases have been shown to negatively affect the normal development of cognition in children. At the same time, there is evidence that preventing these diseases through vaccination benefits children through improved cognitive function by a variety of measures. This has a positive effect on educational attainment and future Economic Growth & Productivity.
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A large longitudinal study in the Philippines found that children suffering bouts of diarrhea and respiratory infections were at a significantly increased risk of physical stunting, which is associated with “poor functional outcomes such as impaired cognitive development.

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Children in a Brazilian Shantytown with a high incidence of diarrhea in the first two years of life scored significantly lower on 3/5 types of tests measuring cognitive function at ages 6-10 compared to children who did not suffer recurrent bouts of early childhood diarrhea.

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A study analyzing the long-term consequences of middle ear disease in children in an urban health center and a private practice in the United States found that time spent with middle ear effusion during the first 3 years of life was significantly associated with lower scores on cognitive ability, speech, language, and lower school performance.

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In Gambia, 58% of children who survived a bout of pneumococcal meningitis “had clinical sequelae; half of them had major disability preventing normal adaptation to social life” (mental retardation, hearing loss, motor abnormalities, seizures).

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In a systematic literature review of studies in Africa, it was found that one quarter of children who survived pneumococcal or Hib meningitis had neuropsychological deficits.

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