Navigation Links
Call for Rotavirus Vaccine Funding

Doctors, families and child-care groups are calling on the Federal Government to fund a new oral vaccine designed to protect children// from stomach bugs.

Rotavirus puts 10,000 Australian children in hospital each year, with many more turning up at hospital emergency wards and at doctors' surgeries with symptoms of acute diarrhoea and vomiting.

The rotavirus vaccine, to be given to children aged six to 32 weeks, is only available by private prescription at a cost of up to $300 for each child.

Dr Rachel David, public affairs director for CSL Biotherapies, one of two companies marketing the vaccine in Australia, said it would cost the Government $25 million to $28 million a year to fund it.

However, she estimated the vaccine would save the health-care industry up to $30 million a year in the cost of treating the virus.

"On average 27 children are admitted to hospital with rotavirus each day and even more in winter," she said.

"It's a problem which has placed significant strain on hospitals. Some wards are being closed and elective surgery cancelled because of it."

The vaccine was registered for use in Australia last year, and in October the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee recommended it be included in a national immunisation program, giving it the green light for the Government to approve.

Professor Elizabeth Elliott, a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital Westmead, said approval needed to be sooner rather than later.

"Every child aged under five is expected to contract the rotavirus at some point," she said. "Rotavirus season is just around the corner and every month vaccine funding is delayed, thousands of infants and their families suffer unnecessarily."

A spokeswoman for the Minister for Health, Tony Abbott, said funding approval for the vaccine had to go through cabinet because a program would cost more than $10 million.

Sou rce-Bio-Bio Technology
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Diarrhea Vaccine Trials Promises Prevention of Rotavirus Infection
2. New Vaccines To Combat Rotavirus
3. Child Diarrhoea Due To Rotavirus:Quick Relief By Short Course Drug
4. Rotavirus Vaccine – NT Shows the Wa
5. Experts Call for Rotavirus Vaccine for All
6. Experts Warn of Rising Incidence of Rotavirus in Pakistan
7. WHO Passes Rotavirus Vaccine
8. FDA: Rotavirus Vaccine May Harm Infants
9. Vaccine Funding A Welcome Weapon Against Deadly Rotavirus
10. Rotavirus can Spread Beyond the Intestine
11. Vaccine to quit smoking?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/26/2016)... Carolina (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... of a new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The ... centuries. , The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to Dr. Jessica Scruggs ... for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to include Mohs surgery, ... Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of Glenn Goldstein, MD, ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... As ... with Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine ... and returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... A recent article published June 14 on E Online details ... to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to undergo not only the ... and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly Hills Physicians (BHP) notes ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to support ... as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Va. , June 24, 2016 The ... set of recommendations that would allow biopharmaceutical ... (HCEI) with entities that make formulary and coverage decisions, ... the "value" of new medicines. The recommendations ... does not appear on the drug label, a prohibition ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Mass. , June 24, 2016   Pulmatrix, ... pharmaceutical company developing innovative inhaled drugs, announced today that ... Russell Investments reconstituted its comprehensive set of ... "This is an important milestone for Pulmatrix," ... will increase shareholder awareness of our progress in developing ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Calif. , June 23, 2016 Any dentist ... many challenges of the current process. Many of them do ... of the technical difficulties and high laboratory costs involved. And ... to offer it at such a high cost that the ... it. Dr. Parsa Zadeh , founder of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: