Vaccine for Rotavirus Launched

by Rathi Manohar on  March 17, 2011 at 8:59 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
RotaTeq, a vaccine for Rotavirus, has been introduced by a leading pharmaceutical company, MSD India to treat the major cause for severe and fatal infant diarrhea in the country.
 Vaccine for Rotavirus Launched
Vaccine for Rotavirus Launched

Rotavirus causes severe gastroenteritis in children all over the world, affecting nearly every child below five years of age. The vaccine has been developed as a pentavalent formulation that is of five common rotavirus serotypes.

The vaccine needs to be given in three doses and costs Rs. 900 a dose. It must be administered at 6-10 weeks and on the 14th week, before 32 weeks elapse. The vaccine is available in Chennai.

Six countries report 50 per cent of deaths due to rotavirus, with India taking the lead at 23 per cent of the rotavirus fatalities in the world.

Unfortunately, using clean water or maintaining strict standards of hygiene does not seem to have any significant effect in controlling the rotavirus gastroenteritis, according to doctors.

Source: Medindia

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As a pediatrician here in USA,I have been administring both the rotavirus vaccine to my patients for more than 5 years in my practice with out any problems. What should be realised is that mortality from Rotavirus gastroenteritis complications are much higher in developing countries and the mothers there do not have the luxuary of not administring a safe vaccine that saves lives.
jacobe52 Thursday, March 17, 2011
I am a mother of 3 year old from Chicago and I refused to give this rotavirus due to sideeffects. It's new and not been tested enough by people and time. Don't make others rich at the coast of your child. I am not against ALL vaccin, but very selective with it.
sname Thursday, March 17, 2011

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