As part of his role as ROTA Council co-chair, Dr. Ciro de Quadros recently wrote an opinion piece for AllAfrica.com about a new study showing that rotavirus vaccines will have a powerful public health impact in developing countries.
This pivotal study, released in the British Medical Journal, shows that children who were vaccinated against rotavirus were 70 percent less likely to be hospitalized for rotavirus diarrhea compared to unvaccinated children. The vaccines also provided broad protection against rotavirus--even against strains of the virus not included in the vaccine--through the first two years of life, when children face the greatest risk of death from the dehydrating diarrhea rotavirus can cause.
The Sabin Vaccine Institute undertakes a variety of advocacy activities surrounding rotavirus. Together with partners including CDC, PATH and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we convene the biennial International Rotavirus Symposium.
Planning is underway for the 11th International Rotavirus Symposium, which will be held in September 2014 in New Delhi, India. Check back for more information!
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