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New Brunswick makes publicly funded rotavirus vaccine available for children

This transmission electron micrograph shows intact rotavirus particles. .
This transmission electron micrograph shows intact rotavirus particles. . The Canadian Press/HO, CDC

The New Brunswick government is now making publicly funded rotavirus vaccines available for young children.

It is one of the last provinces to publicly fund the vaccine.

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Rotavirus causes severe diarrhea and vomiting which can lead to serious illness and hospitalization.

It usually affects children between the ages of six months and two years.

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The vaccine is administered orally and is a two-dose series given to infants when they are two and four months old.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau says immunization is important to protect the health of the population.

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