Rotavirus vaccine approved in UAE

DUBAI — The Ministry of Health (MoH) has approved a vaccine for the first in the UAE for infants against the highly contagious rotavirus.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 21 Mar 2006, 10:13 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:31 PM

RotarixTM has been approved in the UAE allowing active vaccination of infants from the age of 6 weeks following its approval in Europe last month.

It will be the first vaccine available to children in the UAE for the prevention of gastroenteritis caused by rotavirus.

It is a two-dose, oral vaccine, that is administered at approximately two and four months of age to offer early protection against RVGE before the peak incidence of disease at 6 to 24 months. Rotavirus is the leading recognised viral cause of diarrhoea-related illness among infants and young children, with 95 per cent of children worldwide experiencing an episode by the time they reach 3 to 5 years of age, irrespective of race or socioeconomic status.

The high infectivity of rotavirus makes it difficult to control the spread of the disease. Therefore, vaccination was recognised by the WHO as the only control measure to have a significant impact on the incidence of severe RVGE and is considered the optimum first line strategy for disease prevention.

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