Rotavirus Vaccine for Babies in UK

To prevent the spreading of infection, a vaccine called Rotarix is being administered to children in the UK.

In reference to the Center for Disease Control, this vaccine is proven to be safe and effective across the globe, and will now be administered to children in the UK.

According to Public Health England, the rotavirus vaccination will protect more than 675,000 babies from the infectious illness, Rotavirus.

What is Rotavirus?

Rotavirus is the leading cause of vomiting and diarrhea in children 5 years and younger, and spreads easily. The virus can spread before and after they become sick with diarrhea.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain

Symptoms usually take up to two days to appear and although most children will recover within a few days from rotavirus, 1 in 10 children will end up hospitalized as a result.

How can Rotavirus be Spread?

Rotavirus can be spread by contaminated:

  • Hands
  • Objects (toys)
  • Food
  • Water

This virus could spread easily so it is important to teach children good hygiene. According to the CDC, it is recommended that children also receive the vaccine to prevent spreading.

Prevention of Rotavirus in the UK

On July 1st babies in the UK will be routinely vaccinated against rotavirus. The vaccination is not a shot, but oral drops that will be administered to babies two and three months old and will be given during the same series of other routine vaccines.

Vaccination experts believe that the immunization program will split the number of vomiting and diarrhea cases caused by rotavirus.

Although it is assumed that this vaccine will prevent against the rotavirus infection, it will not prevent diarrhea or vomiting caused by other viruses.

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