Rotavirus Vaccines: WHO Position Paper – January 2013

This article, published in the Weekly Epidemiological Record, reaffirms the World Health Organization’s recommendation that rotavirus vaccines should be included in all national immunization programs, especially in countries with high death rates. It also summarizes recent developments in the field, in particular the potential of rotavirus vaccines to further reduce mortality by employing more flexible immunization schedules. It explains that while there is a low risk of intussusception from rotavirus vaccination (about 1 to 2 per 100,000 infants vaccinated), the existing age restrictions were preventing vaccination of many children who were most vulnerable to severe rotavirus disease and the deadly dehydrating diarrhea that it causes. This 2013 update replaces their earlier recommendations from 2007 and 2009.

Author: World Health Organization

Published: 2013

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Also known as: Vaccins antirotavirus: Note de synthèse de l’OMS

Resource types: Newsletter/article

Diseases/vaccines: Rotavirus

Topics: Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Global