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Rotavirus infections fell by eighty four% in England since a vaccine for infants was launched in 2013, figures from Public Health England recommend.
Recorded instances dropped from a mean of 14,510 a yr within the decade earlier than the vaccine was launched to only 2,287 between July 2015 and June 2016.
The extremely infectious abdomen bug can result in diarrhoea, vomiting, abdomen ache and fever – mostly in underneath-fives.
Most youngsters recuperate inside every week.
However one in 10 wants remedy in hospital for issues akin to excessive dehydration.
The UK-vast immunisation, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, is given as oral drops.
It’s provided to infants in two separate doses, at between two months and three months previous, alongside different childhood vaccinations.
Dr Shamez Ladhani, at Public Well being England, stated: “General, annual rotavirus laboratory studies are tremendously decreased because the introduction of the toddler rotavirus immunisation programme in July 2013.
“Rotavirus is contagious, and it is rather essential to take care of good hand hygiene to assist forestall it spreading.
“Normally, there isn’t a have to see your physician, as a result of the signs often move in a couple of days with none particular remedy – but when signs persist, see your GP.”
The virus is generally unfold in faeces by way of hand-to-mouth contact and might be picked up from surfaces corresponding to toys or soiled nappies.
NHS Scotland has beforehand reported that the variety of laboratory confirmed instances in infants has fallen by greater than eighty% because the vaccine was launched in 2013.
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