Rotavirus Disease and Vaccines in Asia

Aug 01, 2014


Diarrhea is a leading killer of children across Asia, causing approximately 11 percent of deaths in children under five years of age in the World Health Organization’s Southeast Asia Region (WHO SEAR).1 Rotavirus, the most common cause of severe diarrhea in young children worldwide, causes more than 450,000 deaths each year in children under five and is responsible for millions of hospitalizations and clinic visits


This fact sheet provides an overview of rotavirus disease and vaccines in Asia. It includes information about the tremendous burden of rotavirus diarrhea in Asian children, rotavirus diarrhea treatment and prevention strategies, and the effectiveness of rotavirus vaccines. It also lists countries that have introduced rotavirus vaccines into their national immunization programs.

Learn more by accessing the factsheet here.