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    Lightbulb Measles, mumps, whooping cough, rotavirus

    Rotavirus vaccine to be deployed for infants...

    Babies to get 'gut bug vaccine'
    10 November 2012 - Prof David Salisbury, Director of Immunisation, DoH: "We expect this will save around 20m"
    Babies in the UK are to be vaccinated against a tummy bug which causes tens of thousands of cases of vomiting and diarrhoea each year. Rotavirus infection is rarely fatal in the UK. Using the vaccine has cut cases and reduced hospital admissions in other countries, including the US. The Department of Health said the vaccine would be offered from September 2013 and would be given in two doses after two and three months. The bug is very infectious and causes about 140,000 cases every year in the under-fives. About 14,000 will need hospital treatment. Experts believe that vaccination would cut the number of cases in half and lead to 70% fewer hospital visits.

    Distress

    Prof David Salisbury, the director of immunisation at the Department of Health, said the virus "spreads very easily" and causes distress for children and families. "Many people think of diarrhoea as something that all children get and that you have to put up with. But there is a way to protect children from this. I'd encourage all parents of young children to accept this vaccine when the programme begins next year." He added the vaccine - which is administered in drops - had been "used very extensively" with "huge trials demonstrating both its safety and its effectiveness". It is expected to cost 25m a year to vaccinate 840,000 children a year. However, the government believes cutting the number of cases will save the NHS 20m.

    Prof Adam Finn, from the University of Bristol, said: "Rotavirus causes large epidemics of diarrhoea and vomiting in babies and young children every winter and with it, misery for thousands of families across the country. "I'm pleased that another unpleasant illness that affects most children is going to be brought under control. It will also help hospitals cope in the busy winter months by reducing pressure on beds and front-line staff."

    Dr David Elliman, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said the vaccine would prevent a "huge amount of suffering" and save the NHS money. "This vaccine will mean less pressure both on distressed parents who have to care for their children and of course the GPs and hospital services who are treating them," he said.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20268350

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    It is expected to cost 25 million pounds but will save them 20million pounds. Good planning. wot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calypso Jones View Post
    It is expected to cost 25 million pounds but will save them 20million pounds. Good planning. wot?

    Thereby proving how complete ignorance of Maths makes someone instantly forgettable .
    Ever heard of hidden costs and qualitative benefits ?
    Obviously not .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calypso Jones View Post
    It is expected to cost 25 million pounds but will save them 20million pounds. Good planning. wot?
    If it provides a significant health benefit, having 4/5 of the costs in savings might make it a good thing.
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    Wonder why they're seeing that increase in those previously nearly non-existent childhood diseases. Care to take a shot at that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calypso Jones View Post
    Wonder why they're seeing that increase in those previously nearly non-existent childhood diseases. Care to take a shot at that?
    I have no idea, enlighten me.
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    The dirty little secret of immigrants and refugees. If you use your search engine you'll get very PC articles by the US health department...and it's the same for UK and any western nation as it is here....but way down in the bowels of the article...they'll mention, un-vaccinated third worlders moving into western nations. They don't just affect us in jobs and the economy.

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    So innocent people should suffer over political differences?
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