Rotavirus Vaccine Access and Delivery

RotaFlash issues 2013

December 16, 2013 | Burundi battles rotavirus with vaccines | Online

Coinciding with the start of its second annual Mother-Child Health Week, Burundi today became the 19th GAVI-eligible country and 13th country in Africa to introduce rotavirus vaccines into its national immunization program. [with French translation/avec traduction française]

November 27, 2013 | First in Lusaka then nationwide, Zambia rolls out rotavirus vaccines | Online

Zambia today celebrated the national scale-up of rotavirus vaccination following a successful pilot in Lusaka. Zambia is the 18th GAVI-eligible country and 12th country in Africa to introduce rotavirus vaccines into its national immunization program.

November 21, 2013 | Unanticipated benefits of rotavirus vaccination in the United States | Online

Two recent studies in the United States demonstrate unanticipated additional benefits from immunization against rotavirus, the leading cause of severe and fatal diarrhea in children younger than five years of age.

November 8, 2013 | Rotavirus vaccines will help 2.8 million Ethiopian children live healthier lives | Online

With the uplifting theme “Saving children’s lives through rota vaccines,” Ethiopia yesterday became the 17th GAVI-eligible country and 11th African country to introduce vaccines against rotavirus—the leading cause of severe and deadly diarrhea in young children—into its national immunization program.

November 1, 2013 | Burkina Faso takes on burden of diarrhea and pneumonia togetherOnline

Burkina Faso yesterday became the 16th GAVI-eligible country and 10th African country to introduce rotavirus vaccines as well as the 33rd GAVI-eligible country to introduce pneumococcal vaccines into its national immunization program. [with French translation/avec traduction française]

October 2, 2013 | Rotavirus vaccines = decrease in deaths, hospitalizations, and health care costsOnline

Four recent studies in South Africa, Latin America, Australia, and the United States add to the growing body of evidence that rotavirus vaccines are highly effective in reducing rotavirus and all-cause diarrhea deaths and hospitalizations and their associated health care costs.

August 15, 2013 | Preventing rotavirus diarrhea in The GambiaOnline

Yesterday, The Gambia became the 15th GAVI eligible country and 47th country worldwide to introduce lifesaving rotavirus vaccines into its national immunization program.

July 22, 2013 | New US and Australian intussusception data: benefits of vaccination outweigh risksOnline

The United States (US) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met on June 20, 2013 at the CDC to discuss new US and Australian intussusception data. CDC officials summarized the known risks and benefits of rotavirus vaccination and concluded that the benefits continue to outweigh the risks.

June 19, 2013 | Bolivia’s bet on rotavirus vaccines pays offOnline

Bolivia, the first high-mortality country to introduce Rotarix® (RV1) with GAVI support, has experienced an impressive public health impact on rotavirus-related hospitalizations due to the use of rotavirus vaccines.

June 12, 2013 | Rotavirus vaccines deliver powerful public health impacts in the United States| Online

Mounting scientific evidence demonstrates that widespread pediatric vaccination against rotavirus in the United States has resulted in significant, positive, public health gains, from major reductions in emergency room visits and hospitalizations for rotavirus diarrhea to substantial declines in rotavirus activity in unvaccinated older children and adults.

May 14, 2013 | GEMS study shows rotavirus is #1 cause of moderate-to-severe diarrhea in children under two years of age | Online

Results from two ground-breaking studies on diarrheal disease and a new rotavirus vaccine were released today. One confirmed rotavirus as the leading cause of moderate-to-severe diarrhea in infants in the developing world and the other proved that a new rotavirus vaccine developed in India is safe and efficacious.

April 29, 2013 | Haiti introduces lifesaving rotavirus vaccines | Online

On Saturday, Haiti became the fifth and final GAVI-eligible country in the Americas region to introduce rotavirus vaccines, joining Bolivia, Guyana, Honduras, and Nicaragua, which were among the first GAVI countries to rollout this lifesaving intervention.

March 5, 2013 | Mexico sees dramatic ~50% drop in diarrhea deaths across socioeconomic regions | Online

Mexico’s Ministry of Health together with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released pivotal data earlier this week that shows rotavirus vaccination leads to significant declines in child deaths from diarrhea across three regions of Mexico.

February 4, 2013 | WHO issues new rotavirus vaccines position paper | Online

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a new rotavirus vaccines position paper that reaffirms its recommendation that rotavirus vaccines should be included in all national immunization programs, especially in countries with high death rates, such as those in South and South-eastern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

January 15, 2013 | Affordable rotavirus vaccines for middle income countries | Online

In an effort to address inequitable access to new vaccines, UNICEF has announced a tender to establish affordable and sustainable supplies of rotavirus, pneumococcal conjugate, and human papillomavirus vaccines for middle income countries (MICs).

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