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Childhood gastro preventable with 2 vaccines

A major cause of gastroenteritis in children, rotavirus, now has 2 effective vaccines to protect against the common and occasionally deadly disease. Rotavirus kills 20-70 people each year in America by inducing dehydration that often requires hospitalization. An earlier attempt at a rotavirus vaccine was associated with a slight increased risk of inducing intussusception, or twisting of the bowel, and was removed from the market. Immunization with the 2 new vaccines decreases the amount of inflammation in the intestine, which is responsible for causing diarrhea and therefore dehydration. Studies conducted on the vaccinations found that young children were far less likely to develop the bowel inflammation and therefore the symptoms of rotavirus.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Indy Star

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About: Childhood gastro preventable with 2 vaccines

Date: 8 January 2006

Source: Indy Star

Author: Linda A Johnson


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