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Rajasthan, India Introduces Rotavirus Vaccine

March 24, 2017

On March 23, 2017, the State of Rajasthan introduced the rotavirus vaccine (RVV) to reduce under-five deaths from rotavirus diarrhea.

After the National Launch of Phase II of RVV on 18th February 2017 in Tripura, Rajasthan became the second state to introduce the vaccine and will be followed by the introduction in Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, and Assam. This activity builds on the first phase of rotavirus vaccine introduction in four states--Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha in 2016.

For both phases, JSI India was nominated by the Government of India as a technical partner to support all components, including proper resource allocation, staff capacity building, cold chain management, reporting tools, and other preparations to ensure the smooth introduction of the vaccine and its integration into routine immunization services.

In India, 78,000 children die every year due to diarrhea caused by rotavirus. In Rajasthan, 4,876 children die from rotavirus diarrhea every year. It is estimated that 1,725,491 infants in Rajasthan are eligible to receive the rotavirus vaccine. Officials expect that introducing the vaccine will prevent approximately 2,400 deaths as well as help reduce malnutrition.