Any parent whose baby has suffered from profuse watery diarrhea will understand the frustration. Any Paediatrician who has managed a severely dehydrated baby suffering from acute watery diarrhea with severe dehydration will understand the exact quagmire of all attempts to save this child. Severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalance are both a bad combination!!!!, Rotavirus spreads easily among infants and young children. The virus can cause severe watery diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. Children who get rotavirus disease can become dehydrated and may need to be hospitalized.
Good hygiene like handwashing and cleanliness are important, but are not enough to control the spread of the disease. Rotavirus vaccine is the best way to protect your child against rotavirus disease. Most children (about 9 out of 10) who get the vaccine will be protected from severe rotavirus disease. About 7 out of 10 children will be protected from rotavirus disease of any severity.
Two rotavirus vaccines are currently licensed for use in infants in the United States:
RotaTeq® (RV5) is given in 3 doses at ages 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months
Rotarix® (RV1) is given in 2 doses at ages 2 months and 4 months
Both vaccines are given by putting drops in the child’s mouth. The first dose of either vaccine is most effective if it is given before a child is 15 weeks of age.
Children should receive all doses of rotavirus vaccine before the age of 8 months.Uganda will have its own schedule which will be communicated by the UNEPI.It is therefore with much enthusiasm and support of the Ministry of Health Plans to roll out the Rotavirus vaccination plan for children in Uganda.The Rota virus vaccination program will be launched in June 2018 throughout Uganda!, Parents please take your children for vaccination!!!!!
Remember every child’s life matters!!!!!!
By Dr.Sabrina Kitaka