Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of death among children globally. Rotavirus, the leading cause of severe childhood diarrhea, is found everywhere, however, children in developing countries without access to health care are more likely to die from exposure to it. The best way to protect children from this disease is through immunization.
Two oral vaccines, Rotarix and RotaTeq, are available to prevent rotavirus. Prevention of diarrheal disease is most effective when rotavirus vaccines are included in national immunization programs as part of a comprehensive strategy to control diarrheal diseases through scaling up both prevention and treatment.
By the end of 2015, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and its partners plan to support the introduction of the rotavirus vaccines in more than 30 of the world’s poorest countries.
Since the launch of the campaign, Shot@Life is on track to raise enough funding to help immunize more than 53,000 children from rotavirus.* This is in addition to our advocacy efforts to ensure the U.S. government continues to support global childhood vaccines.
Annually, more than 450,000 children under age ﬁve die from rotavirus infection, nearly 1,200 each day.
Children aged six months to two years of age are most vulnerable to infection.
The vast majority (95%) of rotavirus related childhood deaths occur in developing countries.