WHO Recommends Use of Rotavirus Vaccines in All National Immunization Programs

From a World Health Organization press release:

1 February 2013 - In an updated position paper, published in the Weekly Epidemiological Record today, WHO recommends the use of rotavirus vaccines in all national immunization programs, particularly in south and south-eastern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

The use of rotavirus vaccines should be part of a comprehensive strategy to control diarrheal diseases with the scaling up of both prevention ― including promotion of early and exclusive breastfeeding, hand washing, improved water supply and sanitation ― and treatment packages.

Following a review of new evidence on age-specific burden of rotavirus disease and deaths, timeliness of vaccination, and the safety and effectiveness of different immunization schedules, WHO continues to recommend that the first dose of rotavirus vaccine be administered as soon as possible after 6 weeks of age, along with vaccination against diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccination, to ensure induction of protection prior to natural rotavirus infection.

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