Rotavirus

Gambia: August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

Gambia: August Is National Immunization Awareness Month
 

August 6, 2013 -- Gambia recognised internationally as one the of most successful countries worldwide in immunising infants and young children.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.This awareness month highlights the need for improving national immunization coverage levels and encourages all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases.

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Rotavirus

Merck is working on an improved presentation to further reduce the cold chain volume.

No Vaccine Vial Monitor (VVM) technology has been validated for use with RotaTeq™ as the currently available VVMs do not match the stability profile of the vaccine components. Merck is working with WHO to identify and assess the feasibility of a suitable temperature monitoring device for RotaTeq™. It is therefore extremely important for the potency of this vaccine that the cold chain storage conditions are maintained from delivery to administration.

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Vaccines and Your Baby: Third Edition 2010

In this 44-page booklet from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), parents are provided information on "how vaccines are made and how vaccines work to protect our children from harm."

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Rotavirus

Clinical Description

Rotavirus is a virus that causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines). The rotavirus disease causes severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. In babies and young children, it can lead to dehydration (loss of body fluids).

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