Jersey babies to be given rotavirus vaccine

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Newborn babies and children in Jersey will be protected against a highly infectious stomach bug from January.

Jersey health department says it will start offering vaccines to infants against rotavirus.

Health experts say nearly every child will develop the bug which causes vomiting and diarrhoea by the age of five.

Many children will experience it more than once and 10% will end up in hospital.

Vaccination against rotavirus will be given to babies at their routine two-month and three-month vaccination appointments.

Parents of babies born on or after 11 November will be offered the vaccine for their child from 6 January.

It was introduced in the UK in July 2013 and has been in use in a number of countries for at least four years including Canada, Belgium, Finland and Austria.

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