Abu Dhabi shows the way with free vaccinations, UAE Paper

WAM ABU DHABI, June 18th, 2013 (WAM) — The rotavirus is a highly infectious pathogen that strikes vulnerable young children, afflicting most with severe diarrhoea, vomiting and fever. It can lead to dehydration, discomfort and distress, making for a miserable illness for children, caregivers and parents alike, said a UAE paper.

“Rotavirus is highly contagious, particularly where children play or gather in classrooms, school buses or share toys”, commented “Gulf News” in its editorial on Tuesday.

Where vaccination is commonplace, the extent of rotavirus outbreaks are cut by up to 90 per cent and adopting measures such as handwashing effectively cuts the transmission rate to negligible levels. It is this simple fact that has made the free provision of rotavirus vaccinations in the emirate of Abu Dhabi a reality, thanks to a new initiative from the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD).

The HAAD initiative hopes to significantly cut rotavirus transmission and cases and follows through on a scheme already in place-at a cost to parents at private clinics.

“The fact that the new initiative is free shows the seriousness of HAAD in beating the rotavirus bug. It is an initiative that deserves recognition and implementation by other health providers across the UAE”, the paper concluded.

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