British health officials have launched a new immunization program that will see babies between two and three months old being given an extra vaccine that will provide protection against a highly infectious bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea.
Figures show that over 130,000 people visit their GPs with rotavirus and it also accounts for over 13,000 hospital visits for dehydration every year while almost all children suffer from the condition at least once by the time they are five years old.
Experts hope that the new vaccine will reduce the number of hospitalizations by as much as half.
"Although good hygiene measures can help prevent spread of the disease, the best way to protect your baby from catching rotavirus is to get them vaccinated. The new vaccine will provide protection to those young babies who are most vulnerable to complications arising from rotavirus. From now on parents will be offered this protection alongside their baby's other childhood vaccinations", the medical director at Public Health England Dr Paul Cosford said.