Rotavirus vaccine could prevent thousands of deaths a year in India, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 22 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5274
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

Introducing a rotavirus vaccine to India’s national vaccination programme could prevent around 27 000 deaths a year from rotavirus gastroenteritis, a new study has indicated. The vaccine would also substantially reduce numbers of outpatient visits and admissions to hospital each year for rotaviral diarrhoea, the study concluded.1

Published online on 2 August in Vaccine, the study, led by Jacob John of Christian Medical College, Vellore, noted that acute gastroenteritis was a leading cause …

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