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Published On: Tue, Jul 2nd, 2013

England to offer rotavirus vaccine, one of several vaccination programs beginning in 2013

On Monday, Public Health England (PHE) announced that nearly 700,000 children annually will now be offered vaccination against the most common cause of gastroenteritis in young children, rotavirus.

Rotavirus Image/CDC/Bryon Skinner

Rotavirus
Image/CDC/Bryon Skinner

The rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix, will be administered orally to babies at 2 and 3 months of age.

According to English health officials, rotavirus gastroenteritis is responsible for 130,000 visits to the GP and 13,000 hospitalizations for dehydration every year.

Dr Paul Cosford, Director for Health Protection and Medical Director at Public Health England (PHE), said:

“Rotavirus is a highly infectious and unpleasant illness that affects thousands of young children each year. While most recover within a few days, nearly 1 in 5 will need to see their doctor, and 1 in 10 will end up in hospital as a result.

“Although good hygiene measures can help prevent spread of the disease, the best way to protect your baby from catching rotavirus is to get them vaccinated.

“The new vaccine will provide protection to those young babies who are most vulnerable to complications arising from rotavirus. From now on parents will be offered this protection alongside their baby’s other childhood vaccinations.”

The Rotarix is one of several new vaccine programs being introduced by PHE in 2013. Immunizations against shingles, meningococcal group C and flu will be introduced later this year.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea among children, responsible for the death of over 600,000 children annually worldwide.

The disease is characterized by vomiting and watery diarrhea for 3 – 8 days, and fever and abdominal pain occur frequently.

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