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In July 2013 rotavirus vaccination was included in the childhood immunisation schedule. Rotavirus infection is responsible for over half of all gastroenteritis infections in children under 5 years of age1 and it constitutes a significant health and economic burden.2 ,3 Guidance from Public Health England is clear that premature infants should receive their immunisations according to their chronological age. Therefore an important number of rotavirus vaccinations will be given on neonatal units.
There appears to be apprehension about giving a live attenuated rotavirus vaccination on the neonatal unit, …
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