Rotavirus Vaccination (02/06/2013)
From July 1 2013 a new vaccine against rotavirus infection, a common cause of diarrhoea and sickness, will be offered to all babies as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. The rotavirus vaccine will be given to babies at two months of age and again at three months alongside their other routine childhood vaccinations. The vaccine, called Rotarix, is given as a liquid from a dropper straight into the baby’s mouth for them to swallow. Rotavirus is a highly infectious stomach bug that typically strikes babies and young children, causing an unpleasant bout of diarrhoea, sometimes with vomiting, tummy ache and fever. Most children recover at home within a few days, but nearly one in five will need to see their doctor, and one in 10 of these end up in hospital as a result of complications such as extreme dehydration. A very small number of children die from rotavirus infection each year. For more information please look at the Department of Health Website.