|Microscopic Image of Rotavirus|
That's what we learned when we attended an event held in Mango Tree Bistro in Trinoma Mall. Since it's high time of the celebration of the Chinese New Year it is also high time to celebrate that the Department of Health has announced to the media that they'll be including the Rotavirus Vaccination as part of the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) 2012. The Philippines will be the very first Asian Country to implement Rotavirus Vaccination in the EPI.
This is really great news for those who don't have much access to expensive vaccines for parents to protect their children. Also and maybe it's about time that DOH will do some campaign with regards to this rotavirus. For sure if you're going to ask a simple house-wife if they know about this rotavirus, only few would respond to this.
To educate us more about ROTAVIRUS, here are some more information about the indirect and direct effect of the virus.
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- Diarrhea leads to serious long term effects to a child's development in terms of height, energy levels and cognitive abilities.
- Diarrhea affects nutrient absorption.
- Growth shortfalls of up to 8.2 cm by age 7 years.
- Hospitalization due to acute gastroenteritis/diarrhea.
- Quality of life as well as their livelihood due to an income loss.
This disease is highly preventable through vaccination and with this there would be a better reduction of infant mortality rate. ROTAVIRUS Vaccine is best given to babies from 6 weeks up to 8 months of age. It is administered orally 2 to 3 doses depending on the brand of the vaccine.
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