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Preterm infants are at increased risk of morbidity and mortality from rotavirus gastroenteritis.1 The impact of vaccines in reducing rotavirus-associated gastroenteritis admissions has been documented internationally, including in Australia.2 The UK introduced a live attenuated oral rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix (GSK)) for infants in July 2013. Healthcare providers need to be aware that the vaccine has strict administration age cut-offs, with the first dose to be administered by 14 weeks and the second dose by 24 weeks of age.3 These strict timelines are due to a small but significant increase in intussusception following oral rotavirus vaccines.4
Immunisations are often delayed in preterm infants despite recommendations that they …
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