Today, the Rwandan Ministry of Health announced that they will introduce a new rotavirus vaccine nationwide.

In developing countries, over half a million children die from rotavirus every year and two million more are severely sickened or hospitalized, making rotavirus the leading cause of diarrhea deaths and illness worldwide.

Since the rotavirus vaccine was introduced in 2007, diarrhea-related deaths among Mexican children under the age of 5 have been cut nearly in half.

The 9th International Rotavirus Symposium brought together 365 participants from 65 countries from August 2-3, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

New England Journal of Medicine Studies Affirm World Health Organization Recommendation to Include Rotavirus Vaccines in Every Nation’s Immunization Program

For the first time ever, studies published last month by the New England Journal of Medicine have confirmed a direct link between rotavirus vaccine and a reduction of diarrheal disease deaths based on data from three year-long studies conducted in Malawi, Mexico, and South Africa.

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