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.
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."
More top news
Thousands of Virgin Media customers will lose their email address and emails after part of the broadband company was sold to TalkTalk.
A man has been jailed for four years after he was cleared of having sex with a Shetland pony but convicted of outraging public decency.
Arguably the most striking of the IFS's conclusions is that over the last six years the wealthiest 10% have suffered the largest pay cuts.