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Rotavirus Vaccine for Infants May Be Protective for Other Age Groups

The Los Angeles Times reports on a study in JAMA that has shown that the rotavirus vaccine given to infants may actually decrease incidence of gastroenteritis in children and adults as well. Researchers analyzed rotavirus-coded and cause-unspecified gastroenteritis discharged from 2000 to 2010. They then compared the pre-vaccine years, those between 2000 and 2007, and the post-vaccine years, those between 2008 and 2010. Results showed that for children under the age of 4, the incidence of rotavirus dropped by 80%, for children between 4 and 15 it dropped 70% and for patients between the ages of 15 and 24, 53%. The data show the, “primacy of children in the transmission of rotavirus and illustrate how indirect benefits may amplify the effect of the U.S. rotavirus vaccination program.”

Read the article in the Los Angeles Times.

Read the study in JAMA.