Rotavirus is one of the most common and serious causes of diarrhea in children. Many cases are mild, but others can be severe, leading to dehydration, hospitalization, and possibly death.
“Rotavirus basically affects everybody by the time they are 5. If we took blood samples of all people, it would be rare to find someone who has not had rotavirus.” – Dr. Paul Offit, co-inventor of RotaTeq vaccine
“This is good news for children everywhere. Development of a safe and effective rotavirus vaccine has been a worldwide priority since the virus was discovered in the 1970s. It became clear at that time that it was one of the major killers of children, and there was no effective treatment.” – Dr. David Matson, who led the trial of the RotaTeq vaccine
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