Rotavirus: Then and Now
(MedPage Today) -- Since the widespread introduction of vaccination programs in 2006, the burden of disease from rotavirus in both the U.S. and abroad has decreased substantially. In fact, vaccination proved so successful in the U.S. that rotavirus... (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 18, 2024 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Rotavirus Still Ranks High as Cause of Acute Gastroenteritis in Children
(MedPage Today) -- Rotavirus may not be on the hot list of viruses dominating headlines, but globally, it still tops the charts as the leading cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhea in children younger than 5 years, resulting in an estimated 200... (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 18, 2024 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Disaster after disaster: the outbreak of infectious diseases in Pakistan in the wake of 2022 floods - Alied M, Salam A, Sediqi SM, Kwaah PA, Tran L, Huy NT.
In June 2022, Pakistan witnessed catastrophic floods, affecting millions of people. The ensuing epidemics of cholera, cryptosporidiosis, rotavirus infections, generalized diarrhoea, typhoid and paratyphoid fevers, as well as the frequency of vector-borne d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 12, 2024 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

First malaria vaccine slashes early childhood deaths
In a major analysis in Africa, the first vaccine approved to fight malaria cut deaths among young children by 13% over nearly 4 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported last week. The huge evaluation of a pilot rollout of the vaccine, called RTS,S or Mosquirix and made by GlaxoSmithKline, also showed a 22% reduction in severe malaria in kids young enough to receive a three-shot series. Hundreds of thousands of children are born annually in the parts of Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi included in the analysis, for which WHO revealed the final data on 20 October at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical M...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 24, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

Rotavirus Hospitalization in Kids Linked to Autoimmune Disease Later On
(MedPage Today) -- Rotavirus-associated hospitalization was significantly associated with subsequent autoimmune disease during childhood, according to a large population-based cohort study from South Korea. Over a mean follow-up of 12 years, children... (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - July 26, 2023 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

South Africa: Measles and Whooping Cough Outbreaks in South Africa - a Sign of Low Vaccination Coverage, Experts Warn
[The Conversation Africa] The concentrated global effort to use vaccination as a public health intervention began in 1974. Since then, vaccination has changed our lives. Worldwide, in the decades 2000-2020, childhood vaccination led to the reduction of deaths in children under 5 by 50% to 5.4 million deaths per year. Vaccination currently averts more than 5 million deaths each year worldwide. These are deaths that would have been caused by measles, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, diphtheria, pneumonia, rotavirus diarrhoea, and othe (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 15, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: Health and Medicine South Africa Southern Africa Source Type: news

Rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix ® ): updated patient group direction (PGD) template, UKHSA (updated 31st May 2023)
Updates to the PGD include addition of HIV in infants in the inclusion section, deletion of multi monodose formulation and details on the facilities for management for anaphylaxis. Practitioners must not use the PGD template until it has been authorised by their organisation 31 May 2023Added version 6.00 - see page 2 for change history. 4 June 2021Added version 05.00 - see page 2 for change history. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 1, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: 'Vaccinate Against Deadly Diseases Including Covid-19'
[ADAPT] African Vaccination Week is a crucial reminder of the life-saving power of vaccines. From COVID-19 to polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, influenza, rotavirus, measles, and the human papillomavirus (HPV), vaccines offer protection against deadly diseases. With this week falling on the last week of April, there is no better time to prioritize vaccination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 25, 2023 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Governor Nassir Issues Alert on Rotavirus Outbreak in Mombasa
[Capital FM] Mombasa -- Mombasa County Governor Sharif Nassir has issued an alert to the public on a diarrheal disease that is accompanied by severe vomiting. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 13, 2023 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sick With Something That Isn ’ t COVID-19 or the Flu? Here ’ s What It Might Be
Flu season is wrapping up, and weekly COVID-19 diagnoses are declining. But if you’re currently sick with a respiratory illness, you’re not alone. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that a mixture of respiratory viruses are circulating right now, including common coronaviruses (other than SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19), respiratory adenovirus, and parainfluenza (which is distinct from influenza). All of these viruses can cause cold-like symptoms including fever, runny nose, sore throat, and cough, so “it’s very, very hard to tell the difference between any o...
Source: TIME: Health - March 20, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Disease healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Rotavirus Vaccine Gives No Type 1 Diabetes Prevention Rotavirus Vaccine Gives No Type 1 Diabetes Prevention
Review of nearly 8000 Swedish children with incident type 1 diabetes showed no signal of a protective effect from rotavirus vaccination, which started in Sweden during 2014 –2019.First Look (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - January 12, 2023 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Data Doesn ’t Support New COVID-19 Booster Shots for Most, Says Vaccine Expert
In a perspective published Jan. 11 in the New England Journal of Medicine, vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit says it’s time to rethink booster recommendations. In the third year of the pandemic, the population’s immune situation is vastly different from what it was in 2019 when SARS-CoV-2 emerged. Now, most people have been vaccinated against the virus, been infected with it (once or multiple times), or both. And the latest data show that the newest booster shot, which targets the Omicron BA.4/5 strain and original virus variants in a bivalent formulation, isn’t that much more effective in generating virus-fi...
Source: TIME: Health - January 11, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Small victories: South Africa is struggling to improve kids ’ health decades after apartheid’s demise
KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA— By her country’s standards at the time, there was nothing too unusual about how Nosipho Mshengu arrived in the world. She was born on the side of the road on 20 September 1993, as her mother tried to get from Mafakatini, a rural village in South Africa where there was then no health facility, to a Roman Catholic clinic an hour away. The bus she awaited was nowhere in sight when time ran out, and Mshengu made her entry then and there. This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center. A little more than 14 years later, Mshengu was pregnant herself. Her labor story...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 22, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

FDA Approves New Fully Liquid Presentation of GSK ’s Rotarix Vaccine to Prevent Gastroenteritis Caused by Rotavirus
New fully liquid formulation of Rotarix removes the need to reconstitute prior to administration, for improved convenience Clinical data demonstrated non-inferiority of immunogenicity as compared to the lyophilized formulation of Rotarix and... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - November 7, 2022 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

CDC: Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is hosting a virtual meeting on October 19-20, 2022. The agenda will include discussions on influenza vaccines, pneumococcal vaccine, meningococcal vaccines, respiratory syncytial virus vaccine, rotavirus vaccine, dengue vaccines, adult immunization schedule, child/adolescent immunization schedule, COVID-19 vaccines, and Chikungunya vaccine. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required, and the meeting is open to the...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 16, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news