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Impact of Rotavirus Vaccine on Childhood Diarrheal Hospitalization Following Introduction Into the South African Public Immunization Program

This article, published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, describes a study in South Africa that demonstrated dramatic decreases in diarrhea-related hospitalizations in infants and young children in both rural and urban settings in the two years following vaccine introduction in 2009. Rotavirus hospitalizations were 61 to 69 percent lower among infants and 54 to 58 percent lower among all children less than five years of age, compared to 2009, preventing an estimated 13,000 to 20,000 rotavirus hospitalizations in children less than two years of age. In addition, all-cause diarrhea hospitalizations decreased by one-third for all children less than five years of age. ABSTRACT ONLY. (Learn how users in developing countries can gain free access to journal articles.)

Author: Msimang VMY, Page N, Groome MJ, et al.

Published: 2013

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Citation: Msimang VMY, Page N, Groome MJ, et al. Impact of Rotavirus Vaccine on Childhood Diarrheal Hospitalization Following Introduction Into the South African Public Immunization Program. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2013;Early Online Publication.

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Rotavirus

Topics: Vaccine safety and performance, Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Africa