Rotavirus and diarrheal diseases - 2
Narrator: This is NIH health matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. A rotavirus vaccine was rolled out most recently in 2006 in the United States.
Glass: And over the past five years we've seen a tremendous reduction in hospitalizations of children for diarrhea especially in the winter.
Narrator: Dr. Roger Glass at the NIH says the rotavirus vaccine has reduced diarrheal disease by 50% and rotavirus infection by 95%.
Glass: That is a huge advance and a huge savings to the hospitals and to the public.
Narrator: He adds in all, roughly 5% of all children under five were spared a hospital visit because of the vaccine. For more on rotavirus vaccines, visit www.niaid.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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