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Posted 9 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com
MONDAY, June 9, 2014 – Since the introduction of rotavirus vaccine in 2006, the number of kids hospitalized for severe diarrhea has dropped dramatically, a new study finds. Rotavirus is a common cause of sometimes severe gastrointestinal infections in babies and young children. However, by 2009-2010, hospitalizations for rotavirus among children under 5 had been reduced by 94 percent due to widespread vaccination, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. "We looked at the impact of rotavirus vaccines, comparing hospitalizations and emergency department visits during the years after the vaccine was introduced, to the years before the vaccine was introduced," said lead researcher, CDC epidemic intelligence service officer, Dr. Eyal Leshem. "We saw a substantial reduction in hospitalizations, emergency department visits and outpatient visits after the ... Read more
Posted 21 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com
SATURDAY, Jan. 19 – Children often get colds, but when they are not feeling well enough to participate in their normal daily activities or not alert enough to learn or play, they are too sick to go to school, an expert advises. "Young children's immune systems haven't learned to recognize and resist most common viruses," Dr. Robert Key, a family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Prairie du Chien, Wis., said in a Mayo news release. "That's why, until they're 8 or so, kids seem to bring home everything that's making the rounds at school. Children can typically have six to 10 colds per year." Key added that there are other signs that kids should stay home from school, including: Throwing up two or more times during a 24-hour period, or not being able to keep normal foods or drinks down. A fever of 101 Fahrenheit or higher. Severe coughing or trouble breathing. Repeated severe ... Read more