Rotavirus vaccine – now a part of country’s immunization programme
Introduction to Rotavirus
Rotavirus is a virus that causes gastroenteritis, an infection of the intestines and is one of the most common causes of diarrhea in children under the age of five. Studies have shown that nearly every child catches the infection before their fifth birthday. If infected, the baby may start to encounter the below symptoms in about 18 to 36 hours:
- Low grade fever
- Nausea and vomiting
- Mild to severe diarrhea, that usually lasts for three to seven days
- Abdominal cramps
Launch of Rotavirus Vaccine
The Rotavirus vaccine has now been made a part of country’s universal immunization programme (UIP) for four states initially – Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha with expansion to entire country in phased manner. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the Rotavirus vaccine as the only prevention and control measure for diarrhea. Most babies who get the vaccine won’t get Rotavirus diarrhea at all, and almost all of them will be protected from severe Rotavirus diarrhea.
On March 9th 2016, PM Narendra Modi launched India’s first indigenously developed Rotavirus vaccine “Rotavac”. With this launch, the vaccine is expected to bring down the infant deaths due to rotavirus diarrhea in India and across the globe.
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