Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rotavirus Vaccine Success

A study published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal recently shows that rates of hospitalization from rotavirus infection have gone down significantly in countries where rotavirus vaccination has become part of routine childhood immunizations. The study included the United States, Australia, Mexico, and El Salvador, all countries where the rotavirus vaccine has recently become routine. The vaccine has shown effectiveness not only among young children, but has shown a decrease in disease among older children and adults as a result of herd immunity. Rotavirus is a significant cause of disease among young children and adults worldwide, and these studies suggest that governments and international donors should put a high priority on rotavirus vaccination.


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