Rotavirus Vaccine Now Publicly Funded

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The rotavirus vaccine has been added to Nova Scotia's publicly funded childhood immunization program.

In a release, the Department of Health and Wellness says babies born on or after November 1 will be able to get the vaccine.

"Adding the rotavirus vaccine to the provincial immunization program will help keep more babies and young children healthy by protecting them from a common virus that can make them quite ill," said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. 

The vaccine is given orally to babies at two, four and six months of age, at the same time as other routine infant immunizations including diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Haemophilus influenza type B.

The province says Rotavirus is a highly contagious, easily transmitted virus that cause gastrointestinal illness in children, typically affecting children between three and 24 months old.

The symptoms of the virus are vomiting, diarrhea and fever.

To get the rotavirus vaccine along with other scheduled vaccinations, people can take their infant to a health-care provider or contact their local public health office.