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New Rotavirus vaccine debuts

Posted Oct 22 2008 9:30pm

Rotavirus is a horrible stomach virus that causes severe vomiting, Rotateq diarrhea, and dehydration. Over 50,000 kids get hospitalized in the United States every year due to this bug. Almost all kids get this infection, but it is most severe in infants and children under age three.

The rotavirus vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in February 2006, and is now routinely recommended for babies under six months of age. The vaccine is a live inactivated virus, and given by mouth. Many insurance plans are covering the cost for this new vaccine, but it’s a good idea to check your individual policy before heading into your doctor for it.

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