Diarrhea may not be glamorous, but the rotavirus vaccine is a shining star in the public health world - Marion Roche


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Reducing Diarrheal Disease With Rotavirus Vaccine

Rotavirus causes about one-third of diarrheal deaths in children; vaccinating children against it could save hundreds of thousands of lives and make life easier for so many parents...

Rotavirus, according to the World Health Organization, is the most common cause of diarrheal disease, especially in babies and young children in developing countries. It flourishes regardless of hygiene, sanitation or safe, clean water. A 2004 rotavirus epidemic in Guatemala infected over 24,000 people and caused the death of 140. And while I'm working to increase the effective treatment of diarrheal disease, it would be a huge impact to reduce the burden of cases caused by rotavirus -- preventing this…

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 Reducing Diarrheal Disease With Rotavirus Vaccine

Diarrhea may not be glamorous, but the rotavirus vaccine is a shining star in the public health world.


RotaTeq is a vaccine that can help prevent rotavirus gastroenteritis in infants''a leading cause of severe diarrhea among infants and young children.

Rotavirus gastroenteritis is the leading cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children.3 It is so infectious that it can survive for long periods of time on toys and ordinary surfaces found in most homes.


Rotavirus is a contagious virus that can cause gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines). Symptoms include severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. Infants and young children are most likely to get rotavirus disease. They can become severely dehydrated and need to be hospitalized and can even die.

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CDC is updating its contraindications for rotavirus vaccine. Rotavirus vaccination is now contraindicated for 1) infants with a history of severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose of rotavirus vaccine or exposure to a vaccine component, 2) infants diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), and 3) infants with a history of intussusception.


Rotavirus most often infects infants and young children, and in children ages 3 months to 2 years, is one of the most common causes of diarrhea.


Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea in infants and children worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before the development of a vaccine, most children in the United States had at least one bout with rotavirus by age 5.


A survey of 600 U.S. mothers with children under the age three revealed that over 70% of mothers have read or heard little or nothing about rotavirus infection, the most common cause of diarrhea in young children throughout the world. Almost all children have had multiple rotavirus infections by the time they enter kindergarten.


Treatment is replacing lost body fluids. Having your child drink products with water, sugar and minerals usually helps. Some children need to go to the hospital for IV fluids. A vaccine can protect your child against the virus.

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