All children will be immunised against the gastric infection
rotavirus from next July.
The announcement was made by Crown drug distribution agency
Rotavirus mainly affects children. It causes illness and
diarrhoea which can require hospital treatment and in severe
cases be fatal.
Pharmac medical director Dr John Wyeth said the vaccine would
cost an estimated $6.3 million a year and could avoid up to
1200 hospital admissions.
- By Brendan Manning of APNZ