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Rotavirus Vaccine Proves Effective in Decreasing Hospital Visits

As parents increasingly vaccinate their children with the rotavirus vaccine, hospital visits due to diarrhea, a side effect of the rotavirus, have decreased dramatically, Reuters reports. The findings, based on a study published in Pediatrics, showed when a new and improved rotavirus vaccine became available, “rotavirus hospitalizations dipped by 75 percent in 2007. Between 2007 and 2011, the yearly rate of hospitalizations remained at least 60 percent lower than it had been in 2006.” Researchers also found that the vaccine also helped unvaccinated children, in which group hospitalization rates also dipped by 50% after 2007. “The rotavirus vaccine seems to be similar to the measles that once the vaccine becomes common the infection almost goes away completely.”

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in Pediatrics.