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The World in Medicine
July 15, 2009

Rotavirus Vaccine

JAMA. 2009;302(3):246. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1014

A World Health Organization advisory group is recommending that all national immunization programs routinely vaccinate young children against rotavirus infection, which causes 500 000 deaths due to diarrheal disease and 2 million hospitalizations each year (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2009/rotavirus_vaccines_20090605/en/index.html). The agency also said that introduction of the vaccine “is strongly recommended” in countries where deaths due to diarrheal disease account for at least 10% of deaths among children younger than 5 years.

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