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Slow uptake of rotavirus vaccination in UK neonatal units
  1. Siobhan Jaques,
  2. Bikash Bhojnagarwala,
  3. Nigel Kennea,
  4. Donovan Duffy
  1. Neonatal Unit, St. George's Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Siobhan Jaques Neonatal Unit, St. George's Hospital, London SW17 0QT, UK; Scjaques{at}

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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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  • Contributors DD and NK developed the concept for the survey; SJ and BB developed and conducted the telephone survey and all contributed to writing the letter.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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