Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Nicola Page | 2011-07-18

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Article on A-Z of gastroenteritis

I read with interest your latest article on the A-Z of gastroenteritis by Dr Vardas and Dr Burgess. The information regarding the rotavirus vaccine is out of date. The rotavirus vaccine described in the article was the first generation vaccine (Rotashield) that was withdrawn due to an increased risk of intussusception. However, two new vaccines have been developed and tested extensively and have excellent safety records. The rotavirus vaccine is available at all South Africa EPI clinics and is given at 6 and 14 weeks. Since the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine, there has been a tremedous drop in the numbers of cases of rotavirus diarrhoea in South Africa. The vaccine is the best form of the prevention of severe diarrhoea associated with rotavirus. I would urge the authors to ensure that their facts are up to date as misinformation regarding vaccines could have serious implications for public health.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Thank you for your important comments. I will ensure that this information is brought to the attention of the authors.

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Posted by: Tina | 2011-07-20

My kind is 8 jaar oud en hy het nie beheer oor sy magie nie. Kry elke dag glips in sy broekie. Is al moedeloos. Dit plaas hom en ons ook in ''n verleentheidsposisie, want dit gebeur op enige plek. enige raad vir my asseblief?

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