– Scotland's Public Health Minister Michael Matheson
Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhoea in young children and I welcome the use of any vaccine that can protect them.
In some of the most serious cases, the infection can result in a hospital stay, which can be distressing for the children and their families. It is thought that with the vaccine, there could be 70% fewer hospital stays as a result.
Rotavirus is highly contagious and can affect around 140,000 infants in the UK every year. I would encourage parents of young children to take up this vaccine when the programme begins.
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.