Babies to get rotavirus vaccine

Babies are to be vaccinated against a highly infectious bug that is one of the most common causes of diarrhoea in children. From September next year, infants aged between two and four months will be immunised against rotavirus.

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Professor urges parents to 'accept' rotavirus vaccine

Professor David Salisbury, director of immunisation at the Department of Health, has said he would encourage all parents of young children to "accept" the rotavirus vaccine.

From September next year, infants aged between two and four months will be immunised against rotavirus. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In a statement, he said: "Rotavirus spreads very easily and affects around 140,000 children every year, causing distress for them and their families.

"Many people think of diarrhoea as something that all children get and that you have to put up with. But there is a way to protect children from this. I'd encourage all parents of young children to accept this vaccine when the programme begins next year."

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