Rotavirus vaccines: considerations for successful implementation in Europe

van Damme, Pierre, van der Wielen, Marie, Ansaldi, Filippo, Desgrandchamps, Daniel, Domingo, Javier Diez, Sanchez, Francisco Gimenez, Gray, James, Haditsch, Martin, Johansen, Kari, Lorgelly, Paula, Lorrot, Mathie, Parez, Nathalie, Reschke, Volkmar and Rose, Markus (2006) Rotavirus vaccines: considerations for successful implementation in Europe. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 6 (12). pp. 805-812. ISSN 1474-4457

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A group of European experts in infectious diseases and vaccinology has met on several occasions to assess the rationale for universal vaccination against rotavirus infection of infants in Europe. On the basis of the available data, we concluded that vaccination was the best approach to prevent severe rotavirus gastroenteritis, and that European countries should consider implementing rotavirus vaccination in their routine immunisation programmes. The main barrier to the implementation of rotavirus vaccination in Europe is a general lack of awareness of stakeholders, policymakers, health-care professionals, and parents about rotavirus disease and the advantages of vaccination. Further studies on the cost of the disease and the benefit of vaccination, together with raising awareness are necessary steps to ensure successful implementation of rotavirus vaccination in Europe.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Rhiannon Harvey
Date Deposited: 18 May 2011 14:16
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 10:30
DOI: 10.1016/S1473-3099(06)70657-0

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