Rotavirus vaccines RotaTeq and Rotarix from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, respectively, have seen uptake grow over the past several years. And with good reason, a new study shows: As the vaccines have become more widespread, the number of children hospitalized for rotavirus-related diarrhea has plunged.
Merck's rotavirus vaccine RotaTeq has faced close scrutiny since winning FDA approval in 2006, with authorities monitoring whether it shares side effects with a similar Wyeth product that was pulled from the market. Now a FDA-funded study has shown RotaTeq is linked to the side effect, but the benefits outweigh the risks.
The number of rotavirus-related hospitalizations in kids under 5 fell by 80% after the shots went into routine use, and the hospitalizations in kids 5-14 years dropped by 70%.
A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team has found a significant decrease in the number of rotavirus-related hospitalizations with routine use of GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) and Merck's ($MRK) rotavirus vaccines in older age groups.
The data dampen concerns about Rotarix' efficacy raised in an earlier clinical trial, and shows both vaccines to be effective.
Sales of GlaxoSmithKline's rotavirus vaccine Rotarix and Merck's shingles vaccine Zostavax will be buoyed by their inclusion on the U.K. national immunization schedule.
British health officials selected GlaxoSmithKline's Rotarix vaccine for the country's first routine rotavirus immunization program.
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Rwanda's government has launched a national rotavirus vaccination program using Merck's RotaTeq oral rotavirus vaccine. The program will include all infants in the country, meaning that over 100,000 children will get the vaccine before the end of 2012.