UK Chooses New Rotavirus Vaccine

Source: Medical News Today


Health officials in the United Kingdom have selected the Rotarix vaccine to protect children against rotavirus infection. The vaccine, set to go into use in July, will be offered to all infants when they attend their first and second childhood immunizations. The first dose of the oral vaccine is administered at two months of age, and the second dose is given four weeks later at three months. Rotavirus infection is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the United Kingdom, accounting for about 50 percent of all vomiting and diarrhea cases. Public Health England Medical Director and Health Protection Director Dr. Paul Cosford said, “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.”

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