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Rotavirus infections are the most common causes of infectious diarrhoea (gastroenteritis) in young children worldwide. In Australia the number of young children getting rotavirus infections is now less than several years ago because the immunisation of babies is very effective. Immunisation (given by mouth) is available free to babies up to 6 months old. It is given with other vaccines at 6 weeks, 4 and 6 months.
To find out more about Rotavirus, immunisation and managing gastorenteritis have a look at these websites:
Department of Health South Australia
Better Health Channel
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