Friday, January 06, 2006

Vaccine Could Prevent Diarrhoea in Children

Rotavirus, which causes diarrhea in small children, can be largely prevented by vaccination. According to extensive research by the European company Sanofi Pasteur MSD, vaccinations could prevent up to 98 percent of diarrhea caused by the virus.

The vaccine could also significantly lower hospital and intensive care stays. Finland is scheduled to receive the vaccine in the autumn. However, it could take a couple of years before all Finnish babies are included in the vaccination program.

Rotavirus causing diarrhea is quite common, and in worst cases, can be lethal. In Finland, about 2000 children under the age of five are admitted to the hospital each year because of the disease.

About 70,000 children from 11 countries participated in the study. Of those, 23,000 were from Finland.

Finnish News Agency

and, more on baby health alerts from the Finland Forum discussion board:
he RV flu virus is going around and is potentially serious in children under 2. The strain gets serious here every 4 years (and naturally it's been 4 years since the last epidemic). The hospital is full of sick babies right now so watch your child carefully and don't be afraid to go to the hospital if they become very sick.

There is a very nasty stomach flu that is fatal to children under 3. My sister in law says to treat it very seriously if your child starts throwing up. One child, a 3 year old, died within 24 hours of becoming sick due to serious dehydration (throwing up and diarrhea) from this virus. If your child starts throwing up for more than a few hours, then take them to a hospital immediately (the 3 year old had gone to the doctor but not the hospital).

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